Installing an Over The Air HD Antenna in Different Countries

Over the air or broadcast television is not just limited to the US, Canada or the United Kingdom. Many countries around the world are broadcasting free television. To receive these channels all you need is a television with a built-in tuner or a converter box. The basic principles are the same for most countries. The size and placement of the HD antenna will vary. This article is a list of resources in which you can find information on how to setup and receive free broadcast television in different countries. We will continue to update this article with more counties as they make the switch to over the air TV. If you need help translating this page into a different language please use Google translate.

How Does Free Over The Air TV Work?

The concept is very basic. Network television stations broadcast their content using towers. These towers send broadcast signals out to local cities. People can receive these signals with an OTA antenna. Depending on how close you are to the broadcast towers will determine the size of your OTA antenna. Many countries use different standards, so not all tuners and antennas are alike. Some counties standards are different than others. They use different broadcast and decoding methods. So make sure you are using the proper equipment for your area.

Broadcast Standards by Country

Source: DVB.org

DVB-TV (Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial)

DVB-TV is the broadcast standard used mostly throughout Europe. Here are the countries that use this broadcast standard.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

ATSC – (Advanced Television Systems Committee Standards)

ATSC is the broadcast standard used mostly in the US, Canada and Mexico. ATSC uses two HD standards 1080i and 720p. Here are the countries that use this broadcast standard.

  • Bahamas
  • Canada
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Mexico
  • United States
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Suriname
  • South Korea
  • Guam
  • Northern Mariana Islands

DTMB (Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcast)

This is the broadcast method used primarily in China. Here are the countries that use this broadcast standard.

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Laos
  • Pakistan
  • Malaysia
  • Timor-Leste
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Syria
  • Lebanon
  • Cuba

ISBD (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting)

ISBD is Japan’s digital broadcast standard. ISDB uses a modulation method referred to as Band Segmented Transmission. Here are the countries that use this broadcast standard.

  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • Maldives
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Brazil
  • Uruguay
  • Peru
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Venezuela
  • Ecuador
  • Costa Rica
  • Paraguay
  • Bolivia
  • Nicaragua
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • El Salvador
  • Belize

Over The Air TV Worldwide Resources

Free over the air HDTV has been working its way around the globe over the past few years. Many countries are offering free broadcast TV to the public. Here is a list of websites on where to find resources for setting up an OTA antenna in other countries.

USA

Canada

United Kingdom

Australia

Germany

The Netherlands

  • KPN Digitenne – Has a zip code tool to find the proper antenna. Public broadcasting stations (Netherlands 1, 2 and 3) are free to anyone who has a DVB-T receiver and antenna.
  • Ebay Netherlands – Has a good selection of antennas and DVB-T receivers.

France

  • TVNT – The official TNT (Télévision Numérique Terrestre) television site. How to setup free antenna TV.
  • Agence Nationale des Frequences – Information website on the switch to TNT (Télévision Numérique Terrestre) television.
  • Ebay France – Good resource for buying an HD antenna

Conclusion

Many countries are broadcasting free television. In most cases, if you live with in the broadcast limits, just placing an antenna in your home will suffice. We would like to make this page a resource of information and will be expanding it with more countries. If you would like to contribute any useful websites that may help in setting up an OTA antenna in different countries, please comment below or contact me. I will add the suggested links to this page. Thanks.

September 3, 2018 0

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