Digital terrestrial: Mediaset channels change on February 3

In Liguria work has begun on changing the frequencies of some Mediaset and DFree channels. Here's what you need to do to keep watching TV

The reorganization of digital terrestrial frequencies continues in view of the transition to the new DVB-T2 standard, whose actual launch is scheduled between September 2021 and June 2022. This time it is the turn of Liguria, where users must carry out the umpteenth retuning of the decoder or TV.

From today, in fact, the frequencies of Mediaset and DFree channels change: the Mux Mediaset 1 has been switched off on UHF 52 and has been moved to UHF 58, DFree instead moves from UHF 50 to UHF 23. The transition to the new frequencies will be gradual, so some users will continue to see the channels of the Mux Mediaset and DFree for a few more weeks without problems. Instead, those who no longer see the channels in these two multiplexes will have to carry out a new tuning. The whole process of reassignment of these frequencies will end on May 8, 2020. Subsequently, other changes will affect digital terrestrial viewers as provided for in the schedule of the Ministry of Economic Development.

Which channels are included in the Mux Mediaset 1 and DFree

On the Multiplex Mediaset 1 are currently broadcasting the channels FOX, National Geographic, Sky Atlantic, Premuim Crime, Premium Stories, Premium Emotion, Sky Sport 24 HD and Sky Sport Serie A HD. On the DFree Mux, instead, Premium Cinema, Premium Cinema Energy, Premium Cinema Comedy, Sport Italia Tv, Padre Pio Tv and Radio Zeta are broadcast. If at least one of these channels is no longer visible in Liguria, it is necessary to re-tune the channels.

DVT-B2: the next steps

During the whole of 2020 and also at the beginning of 2021 we will see numerous shifts of channels, necessary to "empty" some frequencies that will no longer be used by the DVB-T2 standard and that will instead be left free for 5G transmissions (they have already been assigned at auction). The next step will be the change of standard for the video compression of channels: from September 1, 2021 MPEG 2 will be abandoned and MPEG4 will be adopted. The new compression will allow to transmit more channels in fewer frequencies, completing the process of "emptying" of those that will go to 5G. All this will be done by area and not simultaneously throughout the country, up to the fourth area in the period from April 1, 2022 to June 31, 2022.