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DVB-S2

DVB-S2 is the further development of the satellite television technology DVB-S. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute confirmed the standard in 2005. Thanks to improved procedures in the areas of error correction, modulation and coding, DVB-S2 can transmit around 30% more data than DVB-S on the same frequency range. The new standard paves the way for the transmission of high-definition HD and UHD television via satellite. In addition, DVB-S2 ensures that the television picture appears faster and clearer on the television. At present, channels in SD quality are mainly broadcast via DVB-S, while channels with HD resolution are received via DVB-S2. There are exceptions to this rule. In general, modern receivers support both standards in order to be able to display all channels. Public broadcasters are expected to broadcast in SD quality via DVB-S until mid-2020. For private broadcasters, this should even be the case by 2022.

Do you need a special DVB-S2 receiver?

Those who have already received DVB-S do not have to convert their parabolic antenna to use DVB-S2. Only the receiver connected to it or the DVB-S tuner integrated in the television must support the new standard. While the reception of both public and private channels was free with DVB-S, this is no longer the case with DVB-S2. Viewers who want to see RTL, ProSieben or Sat.1 in HD quality must use a receiver with a CI slot. For around € 60 a year, you can get the so-called HD + Card, which the receiving device can use to decode the encrypted HD channels.

The advantages and disadvantages of DVB-S2

DVB-S2 basically has the same advantages and disadvantages as DVB-S. One of the advantages of satellite technology is that viewers can receive and watch a large number of different channels. In addition, DVB-S2 is also available in remote regions without adequate DVB-T reception or cable connection. With the changeover to the new standard, the picture quality of the broadcast stations increases. On the other hand, DVB-S2 is also becoming more expensive for everyone who does not want to do without the private channels. The fees therefore roughly correspond to those that are also due for the reception of private HD programs via DVB-T. Cable TV remains the most expensive type of reception, provided that the fees incurred for it are not included in the ancillary costs of a rented apartment anyway.