The country’s DVB-TV Project Office said that DVB-T transmission would cease at the same time as the new platform was launched in each region, impacting the four million German homes that currently use DTT.
The DVB-T2 transition will be rolled out progressively across the country and scheduled to be completed by mid-2019.
The German public TV channels from ARD and ZDF will be available unencrypted via DVB-T2. However, commercial channels from ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL will be available for a monthly access charge via the Freenet platform only.
The HD versions of RTL, ProSieben, Sat.1, VOX and ZDF launched in DVB-T2 in a number of cities at the end of May, simulcasting with the existing DVB-T offering.
Viewers who want to see the commercial channels can purchase a Freenet receiver with a green DVB-T2 logo or a conditional access module.
The DVB-T2 project is supported by ARD and ZDF, the country’s media authorites, commercial broadcasters RTL and ProSiebenSat.1, the VPRT and Media SE.
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