Frequently Asked Questions
The technical specifications of the digital terrestrial broadcasts can be found in the Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Frequency Plan (1), which defines, among other things, the coordinates of the Transmitters Sites, the allowed transmission power, the frequencies for each site, etc.
The technology mandated by law for the digitization of the television signal is DVB-T transmission standard with MPEG-4 (or H.264) encoding. which refers to the transmission standard as well as the encoding protocol. This configuration is still in use today (1).
(1) Rights of Use Radio Frequencies of Digea: JMD 716-003/30/4/2014, JMD 18/2020, G.G. Β’ 1752, 7/5/2020, Decision EETΤ 951/01/2020, G.G. Β’ 3725, 7/9/2020, JMD 22176, G.G. Β’ 3011, 8/7/2021, JMD 36/2021, Decision EETTΤ. 1019/01 G.G. Β’ 148, 20/01/2022
Each regional TV channel may be broadcasted in a specific Regional Zone, as defined by law (1). Digea broadcasts all regional TV channels that hold a valid license and viewers can only watch the channels that are broadcasted within the Regional Zone they are located.
No. All free-to-air TV channels can be watched free of charge in areas covered by the digital network of Digea (1).
(1) after obtaining the relevant license from the National Broadcasting Council [E.S.R. in Greek])
Digea does not provide direct-to-home satellite reception service. Viewers can receive the commercial nationwide and regional TV channels broadcasted by Digea via terrestrial reception, i.e. through their antenna and not through a satellite dish.
Digea has built and operates a digital terrestrial television transmission network servicing most of the country, as mandated by law (1).
The technical parameters of each mandatory Transmitter Site, such as its coordinates, transmission power, operating frequencies, etc. are defined in the Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Frequency Plan (1).
To extend the digital TV coverage to areas not serviced by the network of Digea (2) , (known as “white areas”), the following options are available:
Ι. Installation of local gap-fillers by initiative of other interested parties.
In accordance with the applicable legislation (3) third parties, such as Municipal authorities, are allowed to install and operate low power digital gap-fillers in order to extend the digital signal coverage in their area. They are required to cover the costs for the procurement, installation, operation and maintenance of these gap-fillers, while Digea is required to cooperate with any such third party through the whole process. The detailed procedure can be found on the Digea website (4) . In any case, the operation of these gap-fillers and what content is being broadcast (or not) is the sole responsibility of the third party that installs it, in compliance with the above mentioned regulations
ΙΙ. Project for universal television coverage by the Ministry of Digital Governance.
For specific implementation guidelines, as well as any further information, you may contact the Ministry of Digital Governance: https://white-areas.gov.gr, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 215 215 7840
(1) JMD 716-003/30/4/2014, JMD 18/2020, G.G. Β’ 1752, 7/5/2020, Decision EETΤ 951/01/2020, G.G. Β’ 3725, 7/9/2020, JMD 22176, G.G. Β’ 3011, 8/7/2021, JMD 36/2021, Decision EETT 1019/01 G.G. Β’ 148, 20/01/2022
(2) according to the Frequency Plan
(3) article 6 par.2, Decision No 716-003/2014 ( G.G. Β’ 1693/25-6-2014) of E.E.T.T.
(4) For the relevant procedure click here (only available in Greek)