RTVE UHD set for Feb 2024 launch
July 24, 2023
By Colin Mann
The Board of Directors of Spanish public broadcaster RTVE has unanimously approved a proposal to start regular broadcasts in Ultra High Definition (UHD-4K) beginning on February 15th, 2024.
With this agreement, RTVE says it is at the forefront of broadcasting in UHD-4K in open DTT, accessible by the entire population for free and on a regular basis.
To date, and while the broadcasts of the television channels are maintained in standard quality (which will be turned off by February 14th, 2024 at the latest) and in High Definition (HD), RTVE contributes to the broadcasts in tests that have been carried out with the authorisation of the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures (SETID) by Cellnex Telecom (in all the provincial capitals of Spain and some additional cities, with coverage of just over 60 per cent of the population), Axion (in Andalusia), Castilla-La Mancha Telecom (in Castilla-La Mancha) and Televes (with a transmitter in Galicia).
Specifically, since November 20th, 2022, TVE has been broadcasting directly on this test multiplex, with the authorisation of SETID, World Cup matches in Qatar, in UHD, with HDR quality and with Dolby Atmos sound, using a complete channel within this multiplex.
RTVE’s intention, until February 14th, 2024, is to keep broadcasting its channel (in tests) TVE UHD. From February 15th, 2024, it will begin regularly broadcasts on the RGE2 multiplex in UHD, occupying the capacity that RTVE has assigned on that RGE2 multiplex by the current National DTT Technical Plan.