DVB-T2 to reach nearly three-quarters of European households by 2022 | DTT | News | Rapid TV News
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The reach of DVB‐T2, the de facto standard of all recent DTT deployment, is set to grow rapidly over the next five years, according to research from Dataxis.

DataxisDVB T2 12Dec2017The standard was devised to enable a better signal compression to broadcast digital television and is currently being rolled out to replace DVB‐T in many parts of the world, freeing up spectrum which may be used to broadcast Ultra HD content or additional channels.

Dataxis calculates that at present 30% of households receive DTT using the DVB-T2 standard, and that this figure will grow to 72% by 2022. The analyst attributes the increase primarily to the switchover planned in several European countries including as Italy and Spain, which are expected to reach 25.8 million DVB-T2 households (57% of all DVB‐T2 households). The research firm adds that 12 countries are currently using hybrid networks, with the two standards being used on different multiplexes. It forecasts that this number will decrease to eight in 2022, provided that national authorities do not put the switchover on hold as was witnessed in some countries, including Belgium and Sweden.

Even though it is basically bullish for the prospects for DVB-T2, Dataxis cautions that a question remains as to whether the investments required to implement the broadcasting standard will be worth it for those countries yet to make the switch if the infrastructure change doesn’t go along with a significant renewal of enabled devices. It notes that these territories have managed to implement HDTV via DTT by conducting a shift from MPEG 2 to MPEG 4.

Moreover, Dataxis believes that that growth will mainly be driven by free-to-air (FTA) reception, which it believes will remain the primary way of receiving DTT to 91% of all DTT households. It also expects DVB-T2 to prevail in the pay DTT arena since in some countries the switchover carries with it the disappearing of FTA DTT.