...So in the future I could watch high resolution TV after taking pictures in the Seychelles - but I prefer to sit on the beach and enjoy the "TV program" taking place there... 😉
South Africa introduces digital television on DVB-T2 basis
South African TV viewers will soon be able to receive high-definition content via digital terrestrial, made possible by the new DVB-T2 transmission standard.
After the broadcasters M-Net and e.tv had already started a corresponding test run in the Seweto region in the summer, the Southern African Development Community in charge decided to introduce the European variant with MPEG4 compression and against competing standards such as the Japanese ISDB or the North American ATSC.
South Africa has already been experimenting with DVB-T2 since 2008, including in the Johannesburg region. although no exact date was given when regular operation could start, the switchover is scheduled to take place by the end of 2013 at the latest. the Southern African Development Community is based in Botswana and is responsible for fourteen other countries in addition to South Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia, SeychellesSwaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe will focus on DVB-T2.
The standard has already been introduced in the UK, and Finland and Sweden are also participating. DVB-T2 improves reception characteristics, allows faster zapping than before, and can also transmit HD signals.
When the standard will also be introduced in Germany is open. according to the wishes of the state media authority there, Lower Saxony is to be the first German state to introduce the new digital terrestrial standard DVB-T2. a start could be realized from 2015. in theory, because ARD and ZDF have no date in mind according to their own statements.