digea

Welcome to the digital era!

User questions


Yes. Like all countries globally that proceed or have already concluded the switchover, terrestrial television will only be available digitally.


 


In order for Greece to have a modern digital platform, a co-decision made by all involved bodies resulted in the selection of the DVB-T MPEG-4 or H.264 technology, which refers to the standard as well as the encoding protocol.

All countries that began the digital transition prior to 2006 have chosen this technology. You can find more information in subsection “Technology”.


 


TV stations decide whether they want to broadcast in 4:3 or 16:9 [widescreen] format. Digea transmits the picture and sound [the content] as received from the TV stations.

Regarding the resolution, for the time being channels in Greece broadcast digitally in Standard Definition [SD]. The MPEG-4 technology however, allows for High Definition [HD] broadcasting. For HD signal reception the TV stations will have to provide their content in HD.


 


As network providers, based on the license we have been granted by the Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission [Ε.Ε.Τ.Τ. in Greek], in every regional switch-off we are also assigned the broadcast of regional TV stations that have been given the required permit from the National Broadcasting Council [E.S.R. in Greek].

Based on current legislation, until now that four switch-offs have been undertaken, though our company 65 regional TV channels are broadcasted in total from 74 broadcasting centers in the Peloponnese, in Attica, in Eastern Macedonia, in Thrace, the northeastern Aegean islands, Central Macedonia, Thessaly and Central Greece.


Following the order in which the switch-offs were undertaken, in the tables below, the broadcasting centers and the regional TV channels are listed.

 

 

Broadcasting centers

Regional channels of the Peloponnese

 

Aroi

Kalavryta

Xylokastro

Katsikas

Osios Patapios

Lidoriki

Frangapidima

Smerna

Doliana

Asea

Levidi

Didyma

Nafplio

Darditsa

Petalidi

Aetos

Richea

Anavryti

Kythira

ACHAIA CHANNEL

ARKADIKI TV

AXION TV

BEST TV

COSMOS TV

DR TV

ELLADA TV

ELEKTRA TV - FM 98.8

IONIAN TV

LEPANTO TV

MAX TV

MESOGEIOS TV

NET TV

ORT

RTP KENTRO

SUPER

SUPER B

Total

19

17

 


 

 

Broadcasting centers

Regional channels of Attica

 

Hymettus

Parnitha

Aegina

Ochthonia

Prasino

Chalkida

Avlonas

Vari

Styra

Lavrio

Anavyssos

Sounio

Nea Makri

AB CHANNEL

ACTION 24

ATTICA TV

BLUE SKY

CHANNEL 9

EXTRA CHANNEL

HIGH TV

KONTRA CHANNEL

MAD TV

NICKELODEON

RISE

SMILE

SUNNY CHANNEL

Total

13

13

 


 

 

Broadcasting centers

Regional channels of E. Macedonia & Thrace

 

Pythio

Kipoi

Pentalofos

Didymoteicho

Soufli

Plaka

Thasos

Vasilaki

Xanthi

Serres

Korylovos

Lithotopos

Nevrokopi

ALFA

AMFIPOLI

CENTER TV

COSMOS TV

DELTA TV THRACE

DIKTYO TV

EGNATIA

ENA CHANNEL

KANALI 6

R CHANNEL THRACE

STAR N. GREECE

TILE EPILOGES

THRAKINET

TV DELTA

TVS

XANTHI CHANNEL

Total

13

16

 


 

 

Broadcasting centers

Regional channels of Northeastern Aegean

 

Olympus

Mitilini

Thimiana

Tholopotami

Limnos

Mesta

Molivos

Myrina

ALITHEIA TV

PATRIDA TV

TVM

Total

8

3

 

*Note: Samothraki achieves digital reception from broadcasting center Plaka from which the regional channels of East Macedonia and Thrace are broadcasted.


 

 

Broadcasting centers

Regional channels of Central Macedonia

 

Chortiatis

Filippeio

Aridaia

Mouries

Polygyros

4E

BEE CHANNEL

BERGINA

EXTRA THESSALONIKI

KANALI 9

NICKELODEON+

SUPER TV

TV 100

Total

5

8

 


 

 

Broadcasting centers

Regional channels of Thessaly

 

Dovroutsi

Elassona

Kalabaka

Pelion

Soros

Skiathos

Skopelos

Skyros

ASTRA TV

THESSALIA TV

TRT

TV 10

ZEYS TV

Total

8

5

 


 

 

Broadcasting centers

Regional channels of Central Greece

 

Chlomo

Lichada

Damasta

Atalanti

Krikelo

Frangista

Domnista

Potamia

E TV

ENA K.E.

STAR CENTRAL GREECE

Total

8

3

 


 


No. Channels broadcasting their content freely today, having received the corresponding digital terrestrial broadcasting license from the National Broadcasting Council [E.S.R. in Greek], will continue to broadcast freely in areas with digital coverage.


 


To enjoy your favorite free television programs through the TV receiver, you need:

  • A TV set with an integrated MPEG-4 decoder. Usually, TVs that were bought from 2010 onwards have an integrated digital receiver.
  • An external MPEG-4 decoder if your TV does not have an integrated digital receiver.
  • A digital reception TV set or a decoder with an MPEG-4 Conditional-Access Module [CAM]. If your device bears MPEG-2 technology and has a CAM port, you may upgrade it to MPEG-4. Caution: Before purchasing such a card, check its compatibility with your device model.

 


If your TV has an integrated DVB-T MPEG-4 or Η.264 decoder you do not need to buy any additional equipment.

If you own an old TV set you can still view the digital TV programs by connecting it with an external decoder supporting the MPEG-4 picture format. In this case, it is a prerequisite that your TV bears at least a SCART or RCA port for signal entry.

If you plan to buy a new TV, check that it has an integrated DVB-T MPEG-4 or Η.264 decoder.


 


If you already achieve analogue signal reception, there is no need to change your installation [standard UHF], nor do you need a satellite dish.

The signal transformation is fully undertaken from the decoder you will connect or your TV if it has an integrated decoder.

You may only need to change your antenna’s [aerial] direction or to add/remove a signal amplifier so as to achieve proper signal reception.


 


If digital signal broadcasting has initiated in your area and your antenna is directed towards the broadcasting center from which you receive the digital signal, simply tune the channels by performing an automatic or manual search/scan. For detailed tuning instructions refer to your device’s user’s manual, of for general guidance visit subsection “Informative demos”.


 


For Greece, a generic guide is that standard analogue TV sets [CRTs] and flat screen TVs [LCD/ Plasma] that have been bought before 2008, most probably DON’T have an integrated decoder of MPEG-4 technology.

To check your TV’s technology you can do the following:

  • Check the user’s manual or look for an indication [sticker] showing that it supports the MPEG-4 digital signal.
  • Refer to the retailer from which you bought it.
  • Visit the manufacturer’s website and check the receiver’s capabilities using the manufacturer’s model number.
  • Direct your antenna [if it is not already turned] towards the broadcasting center which covers your area with the digital signal and tune your TV to the digital frequencies. If you observe that you get sound but no picture, then your device bears MPEG-2 technology.

 


Yes. If you do not wish to connect an external decoder you can use the special card called Conditional-Access Module [CAM], which decodes the MPEG-4 AVC protocol and re-encodes it into VIDEO MPEG-2 signal. You should first make sure that your TV has the necessary port [Common Interface] which supports the DVB Common Interface Standards.

Also, before buying such a card, it is important to know that not all CAMs are compatible with all TV sets. You need to know the exact TV model you own so that the seller can inform you about any possible incompatibility. For any problems contact your retailer.


 


If you already own a TV with an integrated digital receiver and your installation is correct, you will not need to bear any extra cost.

If you want to buy an external decoder, the price of a simple Standard Definition one is approximately 30 euros. Of course, decoders with additional functionalities such as program recording, program locking etc., are also available.

If on the other hand, you want to buy a new TV, visit any electrical appliance store and make certain that the model you pick fulfills the MPEG-4 requirements.


 


If your TVs do not have integrated receivers supporting the MPEG-4 system, then for each TV a separate external decoder is required. If you connect all TVs with one external decoder then they will all display the same channel, plus for this type of connectivity the cost might even be higher than buying additional external decoders.


 


Yes. This time you need to find the channels using the external decoder, therefore use the decoder’s remote and not the TV’s. The TV’s remote will only be needed for turning the TV on/off and for sound and color settings, etc., but not for switching between channels.