Cable TV: Vodafone changes the TV frequencies in Freiburg

Vodafone GmbH

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  • TV and radio stations in the Freiburg cable fiber optic network will receive on August 2nd. new frequencies
  • Many modern receivers find the transmitter automatically after the changeover
  • With older receivers, a channel search may be necessary
  • Transition offers greater design freedom for more performance and higher data rates

Freiburg, July 28, 2022. In the night from August 1 to 2, Vodafone in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, rearranged the transmission frequencies in the fiber optic cable network. This gives numerous TV stations and radio programs a different frequency. Receivers from Vodafone or Sky as well as modern televisions will find the channels automatically after the changeover. With older receivers from other suppliers, however, a channel search may be necessary. Immediately after the changeover, all analogue radio stations can also be received digitally. At the earliest in April 2023, Vodafone will switch off the analogue radio stations so that only digital reception is possible. With the conversion, Vodafone will increase the performance of the network for TV, telephony and the Internet in the long term. In Freiburg, more than 92,500 households have access to Vodafone’s fiber optic cable network.

Vodafone’s fiber optic cable network offers access to more than 150 TV stations, 60 media libraries, 350 radio stations and many video-on-demand offers. Vodafone recommends its customers not to disconnect their receivers and cable routers from the power supply at the time of the changeover and to check in the morning after the changeover whether all channels can be received as before. This should be the norm, especially with Vodafone’s own end devices, since the broadcast slots (LCN numbers) of most broadcasters do not change. Depending on the device, it may be necessary to adjust favorites lists and reschedule recordings to get everything working as usual.

Service page with information and assistance online

Vodafone informed its customers about the changeover in advance by letter or e-mail, via notices, text messages and social media. Vodafone customers can also find information and assistance on frequency reassignment on the service page

Background to the conversion and spread of the TV signal

To distribute the TV signal, Vodafone maintains a total of five large transmission centers. They are in Frankfurt-Rödelheim, in Munich, in Kerpen near Cologne, in Stuttgart and in Mannheim and distribute the television signal for the whole of Germany. In the broadcasting centers, the incoming data from the TV stations are processed into broadcastable signals and then flow from there into the regional distribution network. This is where the so-called ‘hubs’ are located. These are regional technology locations that supply the various regions and catchment areas with the digital TV signal. In addition, regional TV programs are added to the data stream here.

Vodafone is gradually aligning the TV frequency spectrum in the cable fiber optic network, which has so far been used differently in different regions. Over a period of several months, the TV and radio stations of a total of 13 million TV customers nationwide will be switched over. The goal is to maintain greater design freedom for more performance and higher data rates in the long term. The changeover in the regional technology locations will begin in August.

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