Humax Digimax HDR – HD-2021T2: decoder digitale terrestre DVB-T2

In a few months it will be necessary to switch to the new DVB-T2 digital terrestrial standard. A good choice for the upgrade could be Humax Digimax HDR – HD-2021T2, a very compact device, but compatible with all modern standards

The new second generation digital terrestrial standard, also called DVB-T2. The new telecommunication system relies on more efficient modulation and data compression techniques which will allow to obtain a higher quality of the contents and at the same time reduce the required frequency band. A great innovation that many are looking forward to, while it scares many others due to compatibility problems. In fact, to decode the new signals it will be necessary to use a new digital terrestrial decoder. The transition will take place by degrees and by geographical areas.

Humax Digimax HDR - HD-2021T2: decoder digitale terrestre DVB-T2

Phase 1 – Migration of the DVB-T system to MPEG-4 encoding

In this phase the modulation technique does not change, but only the video compression codec that will switch from MPEG-2, an obsolete standard, a MPEG-4, much more efficient which however requires a dedicated decoding device. Here is a rough lineup of when the switch will take place:

  • From 1 September 2021 to 31 December 2021 the new system will be activated in Area 2 (Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont, Lombardy except the province of Mantua, province of Piacenza, province of Trento, province of Bolzano) and in Area 3 (Veneto, province of Mantua, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia-Romagna except the province of Piacenza)
  • From 1st January to 31st March 2022 it will be the turn of Area 1 (Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Campania and Sardinia)
  • From 1 April to 20 June 2022finally, it will be the turn of Area 4 (Abruzzo, Molise, Marche, Sicily, Calabria, Puglia and Basilicata)

Step 2 – Switch to the DVB-T2 system with HEVC encoding

However, MPEG-4 is not the latest in technology since it has been around since 1998. The HEVC codec on the other hand is one of the most recent and guarantees a huge ratio between quality and file size. The transition will be gradual to give broadcasters the opportunity to adapt. From 1 July 2022, subject to changes, the entire Italian territory will switch to the new transmission technique.

Humax Digimax HDR – HD-2021T2: un decoder a prova di futuro

This roundup to explain that if you need to buy a new DVB-T2 digital terrestrial decoder, you will have to make sure that it is also compatible with MPEG-4 and HEVC video codecs to make sure you don’t have to change it again in the future. The Digimax SCART digital terrestrial decoder is the new HD zapper DVB-T2 HEVC Main 10 rear TV receiver. It is compatible with the reception of future television programs in DVB-T2 with HEVC codec and can be positioned on the back of the TV, connected to the Scart output or to the HDMI socket. Let’s see yours Main characteristics:

  • DVB-T2 HEVC H.265 10-bit digital terrestrial decoder Video resolution up to 1080p (Full HD)
  • Tuning of both TV and radio channels
  • Supported video formats: 16: 9, 4: 3 LB, 4: 3 PS
  • Automatic and manual channel search
  • Subtitles and dual audio (where available)
  • Automatic shutdown after 3 hours of inactivity (can be disabled)
  • Ability to program custom timers
  • Compatible with Dolby Digital audio
  • EPG – Electronic TV Program Guide
  • LCN – search with automatic sorting of channels
  • Teletext
  • USB input for multimedia content playback from an external memory drive
  • 2-in-1 remote control for complete management of the decoder and main TV controls
  • Parental control of channels
  • Included IR (infrared) extender for remote control
  • External AC 100-240 / DC 12V power supply
  • Ingressi/uscite: 1x RF IN, 1x HDMI OUT, 1x Ethernet, 1x Scart, 1x USB, 1x Sensore IR, 1x DC IN

A truly complete, compact and useful product for those who own a TV that is not really brand new. However, we would like to remind you that all devices suitable for receiving radio and television services sold on the Italian market starting from 1 January 2017 they integrate by law a digital tuner for the reception of programs in DVB-T2 technology with HEVC encoding or subsequent evolutions. DVB-T2 reception systems usually also allow backward compatibility with DVB-T. Set-top boxes and TVs not listed as DVB-T2 compatible because older cannot be upgraded to the new standard and need to be replaced or connected to an external DVB-T2 decoder, such as this Humax Digimax HDR – HD-2021T2. That’s all from the electronic section, keep following us!

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