Evolving Video Transmission In the Czech Republic

Evolving Video Transmission In the Czech Republic

Supported by the European Union, the Czech government is making a strong push to transition to DVB-T2/H.265 or High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). DVB-T2 offers a higher bit rate than its predecessor DVB-T, making it suitable to carry HDTV signals. The coming shift will require an exchange of television sets for more users in the Czech Republic. The country will see three transitional DVB-T2 networks – one operated by Czech Public Television, one by the Czech Radio Communications Office, and one by Digital Broadcasting.

The transitional networks will launch after October 31st 2016, and should cover the country’s largest groups by the end of 2016, with further expansion planned for 2017. Individual authorisations for the use of frequencies for regional DVB-T networks will expire at the beginning of 2017, with these frequencies allocated to the Czech Radio Communications Office to finalise the transitional networks. Simultaneous broadcasting of national networks using DVB-T and the new DVB-T2 networks should run through early 2021. The process is expected to wrap up with a synchronous switching-off of all national DVB-T networks on 21 February 2021.

To support the transition, the Czech government has allocated a significant budget for the transition, while leaving other modes of reception without support. As a leading satellite operator in the country, we are deeply engaged in the process while demonstrating the many benefits of satellite reception. Our involvement includes a wide range of public relations and awareness-building activities, including interviews, by-lined articles, and press and online advertisements.

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