Nov 222015

From April 2016, French terrestrial TV will only be available in MPEG4 and HD.

Terrestrial TV is TV received via a TV aerial.

The changes from MPEG2 to MPEG4 aim to increase bandwidth, and offer more channels in HD.

France’s frequency authority ANFR (l’Agence nationale des fréquences) has started to inform viewers of the upcoming switch-off. On a special website, viewers can see if their receiver is compatible with the new DTT standard or not.

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Nov 092015

French DTT viewers faced with signal black-out.

French viewers who are dependent on digital terrestrial reception, and who only have an MPEG2 receiver, will face black screens on April 5, 2016, when the country’s DTT network switches off its MEPG-2 broadcasts.

Viewers need to have a MPEFG4 HD receiver in order to continue receiving signals from the DTT network, which in France is called TNT. At the moment, only sales of the correct reception equipment is allowed, but there remains a large number of legacy receivers, affecting possibly as many as six million viewers.
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