The end of analog transmission via satellite
On 30 April 2012 all television broadcasters in Germany ceased analog transmission via satellite ASTRA 19.2°E. Since then all programs transmitted by satellite are only available in digital form.
If you are using an analog receiver and are seeing the following German-language notice: “Liebe Zuschauerinnen und Zuschauer! Seit dem 30. April übertragen die deutschen Fernsehsender ihre Programme über ASTRA Satellit nur noch digital. Mit Ihrem analogen Satelliten-Receiver können Sie die Sender nicht mehr empfangen. …“, then you'll need to change to digital reception.
To receive digital broadcasting, you'll need either a digital-ready receiver (known as a set-top box) or a TV with an integrated DVB-S receiver (IDTV) and a universal LNB in the center of the satellite dish. Analog programs were broadcast using the so-called low band range (10.7-11.75 GHz), and older LNBs (12+ years) can only receive signals from that frequency band. Digital programs are primarily transmitted on the high-band range (11.8 - 12.75 GHz). For this reason a universal LNB capable of receiving both frequency bands is required to receive digital programming.
If you want to receive HDTV programming you'll also need a corresponding HDTV-compatible satellite receiver. Newer televisions with integrated DVB-S receivers are typically already HDTV-compatible.
klardigital 2012 is an initiative of the Federal State Media Authorities in cooperation with ARD, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, VPRT and ZDF.