Belarus to complete switchover tomorrow

Belarus will complete its digital switchover process on schedule tomorrow, according to the leading telco, Beltelecom, which has overseen the transition. According to Beltelecom, the last 10 analogue transmitter sites will be shut down tomorrow, after a process that kicked off in 2013. Belarus has deployed 84 transmitters to give digital coverage across the vast […]

Bundeskartellamt greenlights DVB-T2 pay platform

German competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt has given a green light for transmission services provider Media Broadcast to build a pay platform for the country’s new DVB-T2-based digital-terrestrial infrastructure. Media Broadcast plans to build a pay TV platform for HD services in particular as the country’s DTT infrastructure transitions to DVB-T2, probably from next year. Commercial […]

Russia completes transition to DVB-T2

Russia has completed the transition of its digital broadcasting infrastructure to DVB-T2 and closed down the last of its DVB-T transmitters in Moscow, the Moscow region, Kursk and the Kaliningrad region.  Since 2012, Russian state-owned radio and TV broadcasting organisation RTRS has overseen the transition to DVB-T2 in 16 regions where DVB-T services were launched […]

DVB to demo HEVC-based UHD using DVB-S2X

The DVB will use its presence at IBC to demonstrate HEVC-encoded content in multiple UHD services utilising DVB-S2X and multiple HD services via DVB-T2. Following the approval in July of the specifications for the use of HEVC in the DVB environment and DVB-UHDTV Phase1, which was seen as a significant step in the road to […]

Microsoft to add free-to-air DTT tuner for Xbox One in Europe

Microsoft is to provide a digital TV tuner for its Xbox One gaming devices in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, enabling Xbox users in those countries to watch live TV via their game consoles. From October, Microsoft will make the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, making digital-terrestrial TV available via the USB port […]

DVB to demo UHD and mobile TV in a single DVB-T2 channel

The DVB is to demonstrate the delivery of HEVC-encoded ultra-high definition and mobile TV in a single DVB-T2 channel at next week’s Broadcast Asia show, co-located with CommunicAsia in Singapore. DVB-T2 will be used to deliver a range of resolutions from UHD down to the smaller screen resolutions for mobile devices including smartphones in a […]

TV4 Sport in HD

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has begun broadcasting its TV4 Sport channel in HD on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform.  TV4 Sport HD will be available to digital-terrestrial pay TV operator Boxer’s subscribers. The channel is broadcast in MPEG-4 and the DVB-T2 format.

Huawei and ALi develop DVB-T2 box for Belarus

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has teamed up with chipset manufacturer ALi to begin mass production of a DVB-T2 set-top box for Belarus’s transition to digital broadcasting.  Beltelecom is rolling out a pay DTT service based on DVB-T2, following Belarus’s launch of DTT broadcasting based on the DVB-T standard in 2009. Digital switchover is scheduled for next […]

Zenterio and Vestel partner on Africa-targeted DVB-T2 STB

Consumer electronics provider Vestel and Swedish operating system platform maker Zenterio are partnering on a DVB-T2 set-top box that it is launching commercially in Uganda and Rwanda. The move comes ahead of a planned analogue terrestrial switch-off for much of Africa by June 2015, with DVB-T2, a system used to carry HDTV signals on terrestrial […]

DVB-T2 broadcasts begin in Yekaterinburg

Russian state broadcasting organisation RTRS has begun DVB-T2 based digital-terrestrial broadcasts in the Sverdlovsk region. Digital broadcasts will be initiated from 65 sites, covering the cities of Yekaterinburg, Afanasyevsk, Bisert, Nizhniye Sergi, Asbest, Yushala, Tugulym, Artemovskiy, Zaykovo, Alapayevsk and Samotsvet.