RAI to complete transition to DVB-T2 in September 2024

DVB-T2: here’s how RAI is changing in 2024

Starting from September 1, 2024, Rai will transition to the DVB-T2 standard to complete the shift to digital TV. Here’s what it means for viewers.

Unless there are any unexpected surprises, as of September 1, 2024, RAI will begin broadcasting its programs using the new DVB-T2 standard, which stands for Digital Video Broadcasting – 2nd Generation Terrestrial. With this move, the public broadcaster will have completed the transition to digital terrestrial television.

This confirmation comes from RAI executive Stefano Ciccotti, who stated, “I confirm the transition of one Rai multiplex to DVB-T2 in September. The new service contract has been signed.”

For those wondering, there’s no need to purchase a new television to access RAI channels, as long as the existing TV is not so outdated that it requires replacement. To delve deeper, all TV sets introduced to the market since 2017 – the year when manufacturers were obligated to exclusively market models compatible with the new DVB-T2 standard – are indeed suitable for accommodating this change.

It’s important to remember that the DVB-T2 standard will enable viewers to watch digital terrestrial channels in high definition using the current MPEG-H H.265/HEVC encoding system (and potentially other systems in the future).

According to some reports, the new television multiplex (which is the technique for transmitting and distributing digital terrestrial TV signals, allowing multiple TV channels to be broadcast on the same frequency band through a combination of data compression and multiplexing techniques) should initially involve the first three channels of the “Viale Mazzini” broadcaster, namely RAI 1, RAI 2, and RAI 3, enhancing their reception and signal quality. This transition will eventually extend to all other RAI channels.

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