Germany gets ready to move terrestrial TV to DVB-T2
DVB-T2 is the next generation standard used in the UK for Freeview HD broadcasts. In Germany, there are plans to switch all of the country's terrestrial TV services to DVB-T2 before the end of the decade.
The first pilot broadcasts in DVB-T2 are due to commence by May 2016, with the German public service broadcasters (PSBs) starting the switch in 2017, with the goal to have completely made the switch by mid 2019.
The PSBs have confirmed that they will be responsible for their own free-to-air terrestrial TV networks, leaving Media Broadcast to look after the commercial channels, which see the switch to DVB-T2 as an opportunity to bring HD and encrypted services to the digital terrestrial TV service in Germany.
As part of the switch to DVB-T2, the 700 MHz frequency band will be cleared for future mobile internet usage.
In the UK, there is as yet no clearly defined timeframe like the Germans have for the 700 MHz clearance and switch to DVB-T2. Any switch to DVB-T2 would however render standard Freeview equipment useless and with terrestrial TV viewing accounting for considerably larger audiences in the UK than in Germany, any switch is likely to have a greater impact.