The German DTT, an analysis of the multiplexes in Munich
I am living in Munich and I am a little bit techy-curious. Therefore, with my indoor antenna, a Pinnacle DVB-T2 stick, DVBViewer and TransEdit, let's scan what is available in the UHF band.
On May 31st 2016, the transition from DVB-T to DVB-T2 began in Germany in various metropolitan areas. On March 29th 2017, DVB-T was shut down in many German metropolitan areas and the transmissions were replaced by DVB-T2. The conversion to DVB-T2 took place successively in several phases and was largely completed on May 22ns 2019. Free-to-air reception is provided by ARD and ZDF but all private programs are encrypted except Bible TV, QVC, HSE24, and a few more.
The squeeze of frequencies for DTT after the 2nd Digital Dividend facilitated the decision to use the efficient HEVC codec (H.265) together with DVB-T2.
The DTT platform is composed of multiplexes carrying the programmes of public service broadcasters (ARD and ZDF) together with the commercial platform freenetTV which offers the main channels of ProSiebenSat.1 Media and Mediengruppe RTL.
One particularity of the service offering is the use of Internet Link Services, this is explained here: https://www.free2air.info/post/internet-link-services-a-smart-extension-to-the-limits-of-dtt
The details are here:
A little bit of zapping and this is why we find: