RTL Deutschland To Abandon Terrestrial

Germany's largest commercial broadcaster, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, has announced it will stop digital terrestrial broadcasting of RTL, RTL II, Super RTL and Vox in Germany because it is not economical compared to satellite, according to a German media industry publication.

RTL’s terrestrial transmissions to most of the country will stop at the end of 2014 with broadcasts in Munich ceasing as early as June this year. RTL says the decision is for economic reasons, pointing to the uncertain future of frequencies allocated to terrestrial TV, the inability of terrestrial to carry as many channels – in particular HD channels – as satellite, and that reaching households by terrestrial is ‘thirty times more expensive than satellite’.

Terrestrial reception currently accounts for less than 5% of RTL’s audience. RTL, RTL II, Super RTL and Vox broadcast in SD and HD via the ASTRA 19.2°E satellites.