Swiss public broadcaster SSR will end digital terrestrial television (DVB-T) broadcasting next year without replacement. There will be no transition to DVB-T2 as in neighboring Germany and Austria.
The closure of DTT is part of the new SSR concession recently granted by the Swiss Federal Council and is part of the cost-saving measures.
“SRG currently operates just over 200 DVB-T transmitters. In Switzerland, however, only around 1.9% of households still use DVB-T, mainly for television reception on second or third devices, ”a spokesperson for SRG told the German news service. golem.de. “We estimate that a total of around 64,000 primary households will be affected by the shutdown.”
SRG recommends opting for DTH satellite reception as an alternative: “The reception quality is much better than with DVB-T because the channels are available in HD quality. As with DVB-T, no subscription is required.
SRG’s TV and radio channels are broadcast on Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellite system (13 ° East). A smart card available for Swiss citizens living in Switzerland or abroad is required to receive national TV channels as they are encrypted for copyright reasons.
SRG’s TV channels are broadcast in HD quality via Hotbird; SD transmissions were discontinued in early 2016.