Croatia activates new DVB-T2 DTT multiplex
September 13, 2019
From Branislav Pekic in Rome
Croatian tower and DTT network operator Odasiljaci i veze (OiV) has activated the new M2 multiplex in the DVB-T2 system with the H.265/HEVC video coding standard.
The first broadcasts are available from the Sljeme transmitter near Zagreb, using UHF channel K40. Simulcasts in DVB-T and DVB-T2 will continue until July 1st 2020, when the existing DVB-T network will be switched off.
Besides better picture in HD resolution, the new DVB-T2 system will also provide a stronger signal and improve population coverage of existing channels HRT 3, HRT 4, RTL 2 and Doma TV, currently distributed via Multiplex B.
The Sveta Nedjelja and Zagreb-Prisavlje 3 transmitter sites will activate DVB-T2 by the end of October to be followed by all other sites by 15 November.
After the commissioning of all facilities for the M2 multiplex network by mid-November, 97 per cent of the population of Croatia should receive HD broadcasts.
After the transition to DVB-T2, more than 99 per cent of the inhabitants will be covered by the M1 signal from mid-2020.