2022 is a year of changes, among the many that will take place throughout the course of the year there is one that is causing some concern; we are talking about the transition to the so – called DVB-T2 . But what is this DVB-T2? This is nothing more than a new transmission standard that will be implemented on all TVs, in order to guarantee a high definition signal, capable of supporting video formats up to 8k.
When will the transition to the new DVB-T2 format take place?
One of the questions that is often asked to our editorial staff is when this step will take place, given that even today it is difficult to find clear answers on the matter. But let’s go in order and try to summarize what will be the most important dates of this passage.
September 1, 2021 : This is the first stage of the change, on this day the change to the new transmission standard will NOT take place but it will be possible to receive ONLY HD channels on our digital terrestrial. HD channels are those high definition channels that are generally found from channel 501 (as far as RAI 1 is concerned) up to the lesser known channels. This will be an important date because it will not allow old TVs (not able to reproduce the HD signal) to receive images.
To find out if our TV is able to support the high definition signal, just tune into channel 501 , if we can see the channels with the word “HD” then we should not worry about this first STEP.
As for the actual change of frequencies, there is no single date for all of Italy, but it will vary according to pre-established areas. The country has in fact been divided into 4 different areas: Area 1, Area 2, Area 3 and Area 4 . The Switch-Off for areas 2 and 3 will take place between 1 September 2021 and the end of December 2021; Areas 2 and 3 are essentially all the regions of the North with the exception of Liguria. The area named 1 (Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Campania, Sardinia) will complete the transition to the new DVB-T2 between 1 January 2022 and 31 March of the same year. Finally, Southern Italy with Abruzzo and brands included will see the new Standard after 1 April 2022 and no later than 20 June 2022.
How to tell if our TV is compatible with DVB-T2?
But now let’s get to the practical aspect of the matter, we have our beautiful TV and we want to know if it is compatible with the new broadcast standard. What should we see?
The answer is much easier than you think, there are two practicable ways to know for sure if our TV is able to support the new signal. The first is the purchase date of our TV; from 1st January 2017the proposal has become law for which every TV sold after the aforementioned date must (precisely by law) have the new DVB-T2 internally. So if we bought our TV after January 1st 2017, don’t worry, our TV will be compatible with the new broadcasting standard by law. The second way is more practical than the previous one, in fact it will be enough to tune in on channel 100 (for RAI networks) or on channel 200 (for Mediaset networks), if once tuned in we will see the writing ” TEST HEVC Main10 ” then do not worry, ours TV will be able to support the new signal.
If our TV is not able to support the new transmission standard, we will have two possible paths: the first (more expensive) is to buy a new TV, the second is to buy a decoder capable of transmitting the signal. DVB-T2.
How much does a DVB-T2 decoder cost?
If we don’t want to spend a lot and don’t feel like buying a new TV, the best choice is to buy a decoder. But how much do the new DVB-T2 decoders cost? Fortunately, the price is reduced, and as in the case of the purchase of the first decoders for digital terrestrial, it will be enough to pay a few tens of euros. In fact, prices can vary between around 25 euros for the less performing models to around 50 euros for the best DVB-T2 decoder models on the market.
How do I connect a DVB-T2 decoder to the TV?
In this respect too, we tried to cover all possible areas, allowing the new decoder to be connected to both the latest generation and older televisions. In fact, the decoders have two different types of connections available, the SCART socket and the HDMI socket . The SCART socket will be particularly appreciated by those who own an older television, while the HDMI socket will be able to connect the DVB-T2 decoder to those televisions that have a high definition input.