Broadcast network operator Media Broadcast entered into a new agreement for terrestrial TV distribution with RTL Deutschland. Media Broadcast plans to develop a digital terrestrial TV platform using the DVB-T2 standard, allowing broadcasters to distribute more channels and to broadcast in HD quality.
Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland is seeking to distribute its HD programmes via this platform using the DVB-T2 standard. Mediengruppe RTL will continue un-encrypted DVB-T broadcasting of its programmes during the transition period until the new platform goes live, initially for two years. Thus the attractiveness of digital terrestrial TV reception for viewers is ensured.
This agreement is a key milestone for the conversion to the more efficient DVB-T2 standard, which will enable wireless digital television in the future. Public broadcasters already expressed their support for a switch to DVB-T2 in the fall of 2013.
“We are very happy that Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland has decided to continue DVB-T broadcasting over the transition period and has thereby opened the doors to conversion of their stations to DVB-T2”, says Wolfgang Breuer, CEO at Media Broadcast. “This secures the breadth of the DVB-T offering with content from the large private and public broadcasting groups for the viewer, and digital terrestrial television with an even greater diversity of programmes and improved picture quality via DVB-T2 gains momentum. We are working with all TV broadcasters to promote the implementation of DVB-T2 and would like to be offering viewers an even broader range of programmes in HD quality as early as 2016. It’s good to know that Mediengruppe RTL is on board with its appealing portfolio of programmes.”