Thursday, February 29, 2024

RTVE and ETB expect the closure of standard definition channels

RTVE and ETB expect the closure of standard definition channelsEP

First there was analogue blackout and now Digital blackout is coming, at least as far as SD or standard definition channels are concerned. If in April 2010 we were forced to buy a DTT adapter or directly buy a new television ready for the new broadcast technology, now it is enough to again on our televisionsbecause most channels broadcast both signals, SD and HD.

And those who do it in standard quality go directly to doing it in high definition at the same frequency. If when doing this retune we see that there are no HD channels, we think that our television is not ready for a higher quality broadcast. But they are the least. In that case, yes, a possible solution, before changing the device, is to get a external decoder compatible with high definitionin the manner of DTT adapters from 14 years ago.

In 2019 it was published in the Official Gazette of the State as The deadline for this change was January 1, 2023, but the Government finally extended the transition until February 14.. According to Royal Decree 16/2023, the purpose of this change is to enjoy a clearer and sharper image (due to the increase in displayed pixels) and, at the same time, to be left free the necessary band for the full deployment of the technology. 5G in the territory of Europe.


Even though the deadline to carry out this transition is the 14th, there are those who have already carried out this migration process and decided to continue. This is the case of RTVE, which established the date of change in the early hours of February 6.

The Corporation recalls that RTVE has long been broadcasting all the DTT it offers in standard quality (SD) and also in High Definition, known as “simulcast” broadcasts. Turning off your Standard Definition channels will allow you to start Ultra High Definition (UHD) broadcasts, thanks to the radio space freed up by the spectral capacity provided to you by the National DTT Technical Plan.

Two days later, Thursday the 8th is the date chosen by the EITB for deleting your SD channels. The change will mean that channels ETB1 SD and ETB2 SD will disappear while ETB3 and ETB4 will automatically migrate from standard definition to high definition. In Navarra, ETB1 and ETB2 migrate directly from SD to HD.

The rest of the general channels, from Mediaset and Atresmedia or other groups (DKISS, DMX, Gol Play, etc.), will make the deadline change, next Wednesday the 14th.

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