Radiokomunikace brings DVB-T2 to Brno and Ostrava

Friday 21 April 2017 | 10:07 CET | News

Czech Radiokomunikace has announced the extension of the coverage of DVB-T2 broadcasting from Prague to the regions of Ostrava and Brno. In addition, the new multiplex has been extended by the channels Ocko Expres, Barrandov Family and TV Noe. Broadcasting in the higher standard of DVB-T is now available to 43 percent of the population. 

The DVB-T2/HEVC network will be extended to additional regions in the coming months. It will enable broadcasting of commercial channels even after 2020, when the switch-off of the current DVB-T network is planned. Radiokomunikace thus implements the strategy for development of terrestrial broadcasting, adopted by the government.

The transition to DVB-T2 is required in association with the withdrawal of a portion of TV frequencies, which after 2020 will be allocated for 5G mobile data networks. 

Terrestrial broadcasting is received by 60 percent of households in the Czech Republic and it is the only free platform. The temporary parallel broadcasting in DVB-T and DVB-T2 is convenient for viewers, as they can acquire a new TV set during the natural course of household equipment upgrades, and need not buy a new set immediately. There will be no change in the existing DVB-T broadcasting until 2020. If a user is buying a new TV set, it is recommended that they should buy a model supporting the new broadcasting standard DVB-T2/HEVC.

By spring 2018, Radiokomunikace wants to cover more than 99 percent of territory and provide enough time for viewers to change their TV sets. In the market, there are currently 800 certified TV sets and set top boxes and Radiokomunikace continuously tests with additional models with manufacturers, said the General Director of Radiokomunikace, Martin Gebauer. 

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