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DVB-T: I'm 100% digitized now, no more analogue TV in Munich, Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 30.05.05 - 20:42:15 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 14403x
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From today, Munich, south Bavaria and the Nürnberg area got DVB-T commercially up and running - as said earlier this month.
This means, that from now I'm 100% digital since I don't have any analogue devices anymore! :-)

For me - who don't have cable or satellite - it means I got from yet to now 22 TV stations - 12 more then before which includes the public TV stations as well as many private TV stations:

As mentioned in my earlier posting, I've bought a Siemens Mobile Gigaset M740 AV DVB-T set-top box which includes some fantastic features (but is available in Germany only yet) which I haven't seen with any other set-top boxes yet:

  • Twin (2) DVB-T receivers
  • 7 days EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
  • Picture in picture functionality
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports to connect USB harddisks
  • 10/100 LAN connector
  • Recoding on USB HDDs or LAN connected PC!
  • Time shift functionality
  • Video, music, picture streaming/playback from the PC to your TV
  • Support for picture and music playlists
  • W-LAN support

So here we go - that's how digital TV (on your old analogue TV) looks like:

Pretty cool and the set-top box features, together with my PC (which still needs to be upgraded to Windows Media Center PC) or my Apple iPod (which I can use as an external USB HDD) makes it a true multimedia device for geeks. ;-)

The good old analogue TV was the last analogue item I had in my apartment and analogue is history now, at least for me. Digital mobile communications with my Smartphones and Pocket PC Phone Editions, DSL (my 56k modem retired back in 2000), MP3's, CD's and an iPod and last but not least DVB-T.

While I hadn't had the time to experience the full digital advantages of DVB-T yet, I haven't heard any sound improvements yet and from the previous test-channels, I've experienced some artifacts, I've last time seen when I worked on 3G based video streaming. However, only since today German Telekom is sending with the full power and it might becomes better - wait and see.

Cheers ~ Arne

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