These changes affect 13 million households

Vodafone today announced details of a planned conversion of television frequencies in its own cable network. According to this, there will be gradual changes to the channel assignment of your television nationwide from August until spring next year.

With this, Vodafone wants to standardize the frequencies that have so far been used in different regions. This ensures order and also enables the provider to offer faster Internet via cable in the medium term. The disadvantage: Numerous TV stations and radio programs are given a new frequency as a result.

The adaptation in the regional TV technology locations (hub) is carried out step by step from hub to hub over a period of several months. The frequency reassignment for the more than 13 million cable TV customers should be completed in April 2023. In Landshut, Bavaria, Vodafone switched over on the night of June 7th to 8th, after which it only continued in August.

Many devices are supposed to read in new frequencies automatically

The changeover of the frequencies will always take place at night. According to Vodafone, most TV devices would automatically carry out a channel search. According to the cable provider, many of the customers would not even notice the changeover. In particular, receivers from Vodafone, Unitymedia or Sky as well as modern televisions will automatically find the channels after the changeover. 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.

However, Vodafone also admits that a channel search may be necessary with older receivers from other providers. Depending on the device, it may be necessary to adjust favorites lists and reschedule recordings to get everything working as usual. Vodafone has on the service side initial information and assistance put online. From June, you can use an address search there to find out when the TV channels will be changed. Anyone who has a direct contractual relationship with Vodafone should also be informed of the change by post. The change also affects customers who pay for their cable connection through rent. Viewers who watch television via other cable providers such as Pyur/Tele Columbus or Telekom are not affected.

This is how the TV signal comes to you via Vodafone cable

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 is processed into broadcastable signals and then flows 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 made changes to the cable program last year, such as introducing a uniform range of programs. This was different due to the acquisitions of Kabel Deutschland and Unitymedia, especially in the area of ​​niche channels. In North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg there have also been major changes in transmitters. Another change will follow in spring 2023: the analogue radio stations in the cable will be switched off. The previous digital activation of the radio stations will begin there in August 2022.

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