The retuning of the DTT should have come to change this from 2020, but the norm will not force to broadcast in HD until the year 2023. From that moment all the channels will have to be HD, either using MPEG-4 or H.265 via DVB-T2. Channels may decide to advance the improvement in resolution to which their channels are broadcast, but we may still have to wait a few years to see it.
FDF, Energy, Nova or Neox issue in SD
According to the latest figures published in the audiovisual market by the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), the ten most viewed channels in Spain are Telecinco, Antena 3, La 1, La Sexta, Cuatro, La 2, FDF, Energy, Nova or Neox, in that order. Although the figures of the most viewed are not comparable with the rest, an important detail has caught our attention.
Of those channels, FDF, Energy, Nova or Neox do not have a high definition version. This makes them not look as good as other channels that do broadcast with that resolution. Curiously, Atresmedia Televisión dedicates one of the frequencies in HD that it has available for Atreseries HD and Mediaset España Comunicación does the same with Be Mad TV HD, both channels have considerably less audience than the four mentioned.
As we can see, the lack of HD quality does not stop watching those channels, but it does mean a worse user experience. That almost half of the 10 most watched channels in Spain continue to broadcast in standard definition speaks highly of the work carried out by the responsible for evolving DTT and turn it into something that can stand up to pay-TV and streaming platforms that continue to grow.
What do you think? Should DTT have been migrated to HD on a mandatory basis with the Second Digital Dividend?