How To Check If Your TV Is DVB-T2 Enabled

This is a detailed guide on how to check if your TV is DVB-T2 enabled.

Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial (DVB-T2) is an upgrade of the television standard DVB-T (the first generation of Terrestrial broadcasting), issued by the organization DVB.

DVB-T2 is used in the broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial television which means you can view digital terrestrial television channels with just the common television antenna and not with the use of a decoder.

The world is switching over from analog to digital broadcasting, with the latter having several advantages over the former including the fact that it can never be affected by weather conditions.

DVB-T was the first step taken in this ‘digital switchover.’ The need for improvement gave birth to DVB-T2.

With DVB-T2, there comes a whole new list of more TV channels than what DVB-T offers. You get to experience top-notch signal reception, display, and sound quality.

The channel list is also regularly updated on DVB-T2 in order to compete with online streaming websites and apps which have been today’s source for viewing content.

When the switch over from analog to digital broadcasting is fully completed, it is important to have a TV that supports DVB-T2 to continue watching TV.

This is because all analog frequencies will be turned off and your TV will not be able to search and view any TV station.

While some countries have succeeded in fully switching over to digital broadcasting, some other countries are working towards full digitalization in the near future.

If you wish to check if your TV is DVB-T2 enabled, this guide will help.

In this guide, I will be showing you the best way to check if your TV is DVB-T2 enabled, and what to do if your TV is not DVB-T2 enabled.

How To Check If Your TV Is DVB-T2 Enabled

Knowing its importance especially when considering the digital switchover, you need to be sure your TV supports DVB-T2.

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Checking if your TV is DVB-T2 does not require any professional skill or complex processes. In 2010 the production of TVs that only receive channels on analog frequencies was halted to allow the digitalization of television services worldwide.

This means if your TV was purchased or manufactured before 2009, you shouldn’t consider yourself ready for TV channels that only receive digital frequencies, especially if your TV uses Cathode Ray Tube (C.R.T).

From 2009, DVB-T was prominent, up until DVB-T2 was completed and ready for use. If your TV was purchased after January 1, 2017, it most definitely supports DVB-T2 as new TVs must have been upgraded to DVB-T2.

This, however, doesn’t mean TVs produced before 2017 are not DVB-T2 Enabled. If you purchased a TV before 2017 or have doubts about your TV that was purchased after 2017, it is important to check the user manual of your TV.

Another way to check if your TV is DVB-T2 enabled is through the user manual. On the user manual of your TV, you should find a DVB-T2 logo that clearly shows your TV is DVB-T2 enabled.

If this logo is not present in the user manual, your TV is definitely not equipped to serve you the quality experience of DVB-T2.

On your TV manual or information sheet, check out the technical information for two elements

  • DVB-T2 digital terrestrial tuner
  • Codec HEVC (H.265)

If these two elements are present, you are guaranteed quality display of the channels on the DVB-T2 transmission.

Your TV in some cases would have just one of these elements and this can be referred to as DVB-T2 semi-compatible TV, which could be as good as being totally incompatible.

This is because you would enjoy, for example, sound quality but not the wonderful DVB-T2 display. If your TV’s user manual or information sheet is not available, you can also check if your TV is DVB-T2 enabled from the settings.

What To Do If Your TV Is Not DVB-T2

 It would be just sad not to have the wonderful experience that comes with having a DVB-T2 TV; the uninterrupted TV signal, the pleasant sound quality, and the display quality that will keep you glued to your screen all day long.

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If your TV is not DVB-T2 enabled, there is however no way to fix it by yourself or with the services of a technician.

The best step to take in upgrading to DVB-T2 is buying a new TV. Even though buying a new DVB-T2 enabled TV would cost you some money, it is money actually worth spending as DVB-T2 is the future of digital broadcasting.

The other option you could consider is getting a DVB-T2 decoder that would be connected to your TV.

Getting a DVB-T2 enabled decoder doesn’t sound as expensive or demanding as buying a new modern TV but it doesn’t mean it’s free as you have to pay for services from pay-TV companies like DirecTV, Dish Network, DSTV, GOTV, etc.

If you are looking to get a new DVB-T2 enabled TV, below are some of the TVs recommended that you can get from Amazon. You can choose depending on your budget, size of the TV, or its resolution.

                                                         Name Of TV Display Size           Price    Resolution
Samsung 40 Digital HD LED TV UA40J5000AKXSJ 40 inches $350 1920 x 1080 pixels
Samsung 43 Inch Led Tv With Mobile Screen Mirroring UA43M5100 43 inches $380 1920 x 1080 pixels
Sony 48”Smart FULL HD TV-48W652 48 inches $750 1920 x 1080 pixels
Toshiba 46TL20 46” Full HD 1080p Multi-System 3D LED TV 46 inches $907 1920 x 1080 pixels
LG 32 INCH FULL HD LED TV (80CM 32LB53) 32 inches $175 1366 x 768 pixels
SONY Android-4K-Ultra HD Smart Television – 43x8000E 43 inches $787 4K Ultra HD
Scanfrost 40-Inch Full HD LED TV SFLED40EL – Black 40 inches $262 1920 x 1080 pixels
LG 26LF52 26-Inch HD LED TV 26 inches $102 1366 x 768 pixels
Skyworth 32 HD LED TV With TV Wall Bracket 32 inches $147 1366 x 768 pixels
JVC – HD LED Television – 32 Inches 32 inches $120 1366 x 768 pixels
Syinix 32-Inch 400FRA LED TV 32 inches $170 1366 x 768 pixels
Sharpnet 32-Inch S3220 HD Led Tv Black 32 inches $127 1366 x 768 pixels
Royal 40 INCH HD TV Slim Bezel, High Brightness, HDMI, Energy Saving – RTV40DF1000 32 inches $225 1366 x 768 pixels
Haier 32 HD LED TV LE32B9000T 32 inches $151 1366 x 768 pixels
Grundig 42 inch 42VLE9481SL Full HD 3D SMART LED TV 42 inches $325 4k (Ultra HD) resolution, 3840 x 2160 pixels
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If you decide to instead go for a DVB-T2 decoder, you could be faced with the frustration of having to use two remote controls; your TV’s remote control and that of the decoder.

With the growth of technology, it is now possible to use just your TV remote to control both your TV and the decoder at the same time.

This is done with the help of a High Definition Multimedia Interface – Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC) device which allows you to turn up/down the volume, change channels and switch on/off both the decoder and the TV at the same time.

This HDMI-CEC device connects the decoder to the TV via the HDMI port which most TVs come with. All you just have to do is go to your TV settings and enable HDMI-CEC.

That’s all on how to check if your TV is DVB-T2 enabled.

I hope this helps?

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