Digital terrestrial: what will change in the next years?
Over the last year, there have been significant changes affecting all users in possession of television, and many are not yet informed about the decisions taken at European level and what these will mean to them on a practical level. In fact, at the moment it is estimated that about 40 million televisions will be replaced in the coming years throughout the country, without much of the Indians being aware of this probable need. We try to do some clarity on the subject.
The transition to the DVB-T2 standard
Until the end of 2016, all television sets and decoders for digital terrestrial television could be compatible with two different coding standards, which allow receiving and correctly display the transmission signal of the various television networks: DVB-T1 and DVB -T2. It must be said that the majority of products on the market provided compatibility only with the older standard, the DVB-T1, which in any case allowed to enjoy without any problems all the clear channels of Indian TV.
From 1 January 2017, however, the transition of all networks towards the most modern standard, the DVT-B2, has officially begun, which will allow not only greater efficiency regarding energy consumption, but also better video quality. This process will last about five years and is divided into three different stages:
From 1 January 2017, only televisions compatible with this technology are on the market;
From 1 January 2018 the television networks will start, little by little, to adopt the new standard and become visible only on compatible products;
From 1 July 2022, the era of the previous standard will be officially completed, and no channel will be more visible on the old devices.
For all those who did not buy android TV in India in 2017, therefore, there is a well-founded possibility that the purchase of a new television (or an external decoder compatible with the DVB-T2, for which perhaps the Government will allocate a bonus of about € 25 per user) will be necessary within a couple of years at most.
Why a smart TV?
In recent years the market has been invaded by televisions labeled as “smart,” an increasingly common term, but that for many users remains unclear. Buying smart LED TV in Delhi offersnot only the opportunity to enjoy normal TV channels but has an operating system (just like a computer ), can connect to the internet, allows you to take advantage of streaming platforms such as YouTube or Netflix and to install various applications. It is, therefore, a kind of enhanced TV, which has many more features than a normal TV (a device, among other things, which is slowly disappearing from the market and will soon be completely obsolete).
It can be objected that a smart TV is not strictly necessary since there are now several models of “smart TV box” and “smart TV stick,” or external devices that allow you to equip any TV equipped with an HDMI socket of additional features without having to change the appliance completely.