A report prepared for DigiTAG has said UHDTV of up to 8K could be in place on Europe’s DTT platforms by 2023.

The report Roadmap for the Evolution of DTT, co-authored by DigiTAG and Analysys Mason, has been designed as a roadmap for the future development of DTT technologies in the main European markets.

Based on the technology profiles and on the country typologies the report predicts that consumer demand will see a transition to new standards taking between three and 12 years. Early adopter markets are likely to take between three and six years to move from present transmission capabilities through to a combination of DVB-T2, MPEG4/HEVC, SDTV/HDTV/UHDTV (4k).

A third profile, taking in HDTV/UHDTV (4k/8k) is expected to occur between 2023 and 2030.

It says the DTT platform is currently jeopardised by the scarcity of radio spectrum, and the plans for the reallocation of the 700MHz band, which will cut available capacity by an average 30%.