Deutsche Telekom to begin phasing out analogue TV service in April

Tuesday 13 March 2018 | 16:09 CET | News

Deutsche Telekom announced it will phase out the analogue TV and radio services in its 'Zu Hause Kabel' packages by the end of 2018 and offer these channels only in digital as Germany proceeds with its transition to digital TV. Telekom said its digital offerings include over 135 unencrypted TV channels, including 25 in HD and 35 foreign-language stations, as well as pay-TV packages and radio. Users with a digital TV must simply carry out a channel scan on the day of the analogue switch-off to receive digital programming, said Telekom.

Telekom said it will begin by phasing out analogue TV service in the states of Bavaria and Saxony in line with these states’ transition to digital broadcasting and then successively terminate analogue service across the rest of Germany beginning in August 2018, reported TelTarif. The company plans to complete its analogue switch-off by the end of 2018, it said.

Other cable providers in Germany like Vodafone have likewise announced plans to proceed with the full digitisation of their cable networks beginning in the summer of 2018.

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