DVB-T2. This acronym, relating to the “new digital terrestrial”, is creating a lot of confusion for users. In fact, there are not a few who have not understood when the new standard will come into force in Italy, as well as when the “old” digital terrestrial will stop working. It is therefore important to clarify.
Well, the DVB-T2 with H.265 HEVC encoding will enter into force by 30 June 2022, obviously retiring the “old” standard. Put simply, the “final transition” is about a year away. However, you would be wrong to think that the news are far away, as we are already in the first “concrete phase”, given that from January 2020 the local multiplexes are moving to the new frequencies.
Furthermore, we remind you that from 1 September 2021 it will switch to the MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard, which should “change” many televisions. The first “difficulties”, therefore, could arise as early as this year. We have already discussed why digital terrestrial “continues to change” in Italy: given the situation, you might also be interested in taking a look at how much a DVB-T2 decoder costs or at the various offers relating to televisions that support this standard, in order to do not get caught “unprepared”.
In any case, on these pages there are several articles that may interest you, from the analysis of the differences with the “old” DVB-T to the question of 4K support in relation to DVB-T2. For the compatibility issue, we also recommend consulting the dedicated in-depth study. In conclusion, second generation digital terrestrial is about to arrive.