Changes to Spanish TV in 2024 Pt2 – UHD Channels to launch
As noted in this previous blog post, changes are being made to how Spanish TV received via a TV aerial is transmitted, manking them more efficient.
The change from DVB-T to DVB-T2 will allow for more data to be transmitted more efficiently.
It also means that , from the 15 February 2024, new channels can be launched.
Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) will be launching a full time UHD (4k) version of its TVE 1 “La 1” channels. This will be only of the first UHD channels to be available for 24 hours for free on a terrestrial service.
Reports that Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) will launch a temporary second channel , made available during time of special events for additional coverage.
For viewers in Spain, this will allow consumers to enjoy next summer the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 and the European Championship in Germany in 4K and without paying.
RTVE had already done tests broadcasting content in 4K at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The channel The one that offered it to us was TVE UHD and not only did it broadcast these competitions in that resolution, but it also broadcast pre-recorded content from RTVE previously.
TVE UHD 2 has joined this channel, which currently broadcasts Teledeporte content. Surely in the future it will expand its programming, and this will increase its variety, but for now it is a rescaling of Teledeporte’s live content, but in 4K resolution.
RTVE’s plan is to broadcast 4K content regularly starting February 15, 2024. Until then it will use its test and probably add others as you test. This date coincides with the end of broadcasts of the DTT channels in standard quality.
What advantages does 4K offer?
4K resolution allows us to see any content better than in HD or SD, but what makes 4K so special? The main difference between this resolution and the lower ones lies in the number of pixels, because 4K has more. This translates into greater detail, so we can appreciate things that we would be unable to distinguish if we view that same content in Full HD or HD.
Note that it may be that content is not actually filmed in UHD, but in HD and upscaled into UHD.