Das Erste broadcast on UHF for DVB-T enabled phones
German broadcaster ARD has decided to keep DTT transmission of Das Erste in Bavaria on the UHF band. This is so that people with DVB-T enabled mobile phones can watch Olympic Games coverage. NDR also plans to broadcast Das Erste on a UHF multiplex in Northern Germany for the same reason.
ARD uses VHF channels for many of its DTT broadcasts but DVB-T enabled phones only have tuners for the UHF bands.
The expansion of the DTT network continues and new transmitters in the states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia have started operation.
In this area of Central Germany, 8.9 million viewers are now able to receive DTT broadcasts.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 8th July 2008