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.
No. All the channels that have received the corresponding digital terrestrial broadcasting license from the National Broadcasting Council [E.S.R. in Greek], broadcast freely in areas with digital coverage.
As network providers, based on the license we have been granted by the Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission [Ε.Ε.Τ.Τ. in Greek], we have 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].
To enjoy your favorite free television programs through the TV receiver, you need:
If your area is covered by digital signal, make sure that your antenna is directed towards the broadcasting center from which you receive the digital signal and 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:
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.
It is an electronic device which receives a signal when connected to an antenna [internal or external] and transforms it to a signal compatible with a TV bearing older technology [i.e. from MPEG-4 to MPEG-2]. More specifically, it receives the digital signal from the antenna and after it de-multiplexes and encodes it, it then makes it possible to be played on the TV.
Besides the TV, you can connect the decoder with other devices too [video VCR, DVD-R etc.].
The external decoder is necessary when your TV does not have an integrated receiver/decoder or if it does, when this supports older technology [MPEG-2] which makes it incompatible with the DVB-T MPEG-4 or H.264 encoding system.
The basic decoders for digital terrestrial reception are Standard Definition [SD] and High Definition [HD].
If you own a typical bulb analogue TV set or a flat screen TV [LCD/ Plasma] without an integrated digital MPEG-4 receiver and without an HDMI port, then a simple decoder with SCART or RCA [3 colors – yellow, white, red] ports will suffice.
If your TV is flat screen [LCD/ Plasma] without an integrated digital MPEG-4 receiver, but does have an HDMI port, then prefer a decoder with such a port, for maximum viewing quality.
If your TV set is a typical bulb analogue one [CRT] or LCD/ Plasma [flat screen] without an HDMI port, then a simple decoder with a SCART or RCA port will suffice.
If your TV is LCD/ Plasma [flat screen] and does have an HDMI port, then prefer a decoder with an HDMI port for optimum viewing quality.
Step 1. Connect the aerial cable [antenna] to the decoder [RF IN port] for the digital channels.
Step 2. Connect your decoder with your TV using the necessary cable [SCART, RCA or HDMI].
[Connection using a SCART cable]
[Connection using an RCA cable]
[Connection using an HDMI cable]
Step 3. Plug the decoder in.
Step 4. Using your TV’s remote, find the input port in which you have connected the decoder. They are usually labelled AV 1,2..., ΕΧΤ 1, 2..., HDMI 1, 2... etc.
Step 5. Set your decoder using its remote, after you have read its instructions. To make things easy choose automatic search/scan. If however, all or some channels are not found, perform a manual search/scan.
From now on, you can switch between channels using the decoder’s remote. The TV’s remote is only needed to turn it on/off and to set the sound, colors etc, but not to change channels.
Note: remotes that gather functions from various devices are available so that one can be used for all.