More DTT launches expected in May
Stuttgart, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim, Heidelberg and Kaiserslauten will be able to access DTT services around the middle of May.
In the northern part of Germany, Northrein-Westphalia as well in Bavaria additional transmitter-sites will extend the current coverage of DTT services.
Viewers will have access to up to 11 television programme services offered by the public service broadcasters but at this stage, the commercial broadcasters have decided not to extend their given coverage on the DTT platform.
The launch of DTT services will coincide with the simultaneous switch-off of analogue terrestrial television services, following the example of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which switched over in December 2005. The state of Hess will also completely switch off its analogue terrestrial platform and go completely digital on 29 May.
With the upcoming World Cup, further regions in Germany will benefit from the launch of free-to-air DTT services.
Source: SWR.de and Digitag