The updated DVB-T channels in Israel

This post was written by eli on November 1, 2017
Posted Under: DVB,Linux

Background

On November 1, 2017, the Israeli broadcast authorities split Channel 2 into two channels, 12 and 13. To avoid unfair competition with the other channels, as channel 2 might lose viewers due to the confusion, channel 10 was moved to 14 as well. This requires a rescan of DVB receivers. The changes are rather minor, it turns out.

For the record, I still haven’t attempted to receive the DVT-T2 channels. Not enough motivation, and it probably requires some work with my DVB-T2 dongle (drivers etc.)

The scan

Running a scan in Haifa, Israel, on November 1st 2017 (quite evidently, I received on 538 MHz):

$ dvbv5-scan /usr/share/dvb/dvb-t/il-All
Cannot calc frequency shift. Either bandwidth/symbol-rate is unavailable (yet).
Scanning frequency #1 514000000
 (0x00)
Scanning frequency #2 538000000
Lock   (0x1f)
Service Ch 11, provider Idan +: digital television
Service Ch 23, provider Idan +: digital television
Service Ch 12 Keshet, provider Idan +: digital television
Service Ch 13 Reshet, provider Idan +: digital television
Service Ch 14 10, provider Idan +: digital television
Service Ch 99, provider Idan +: digital television
Service Tarbut, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Bet, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Gimmel, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Makan, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Moreshet, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Kan88, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Musica, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Reka, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Galatz, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Galgalatz, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Radios, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Kol Hai, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Kol Barama, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service Lev HaMdina, provider Idan +: digital radio
Service CLASSICAL bu, provider Idan +: digital radio

Looking at the new dvb_channel.conf, the following changes are evident:

  • “Ch 1″ has been renamed to “Ch 11″, and a new audio PID has been added to it (2563)
  • “Ch 2″ has been replaced with “Ch 12 Keshet”. Two subtitle PIDs has been dropped (2610 and 2609)
  • “Ch 10″ has been replaced with “Ch 14 10″, same PIDs for video/audio, but the subtitles have moved from 2642, 2641 and 2640 to 1039, 1038 and 1037.
  • “Ch 33″ has been replaced with “Ch 13 Reshet”, with subtitle PID 1033 added.
  • The radio channel “Aleph” has been renamed to “Tarbut”
  • The radio channel “Dalet” has been renamed to “Makan”
  • The radio channel “88FM” has been renamed to “Kan88″.
  • A new radio channel, “Kol Hai” has been added with service ID 40.

So from a DVB point of view, “Ch 12 Keshet” is the new Channel 2.

The updated dvb_channel.conf

Obtained with the dvb5-scan as shown above:

[Ch 11]
 SERVICE_ID = 1
 VIDEO_PID = 2561
 AUDIO_PID = 2562 2563
 PID_06 = 1025
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Ch 23]
 SERVICE_ID = 2
 VIDEO_PID = 3585
 AUDIO_PID = 3586
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Ch 12 Keshet]
 SERVICE_ID = 3
 VIDEO_PID = 2593
 AUDIO_PID = 2594 2595
 PID_06 = 2608
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Ch 13 Reshet]
 SERVICE_ID = 4
 VIDEO_PID = 2657
 AUDIO_PID = 2658
 PID_06 = 1033
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Ch 14 10]
 SERVICE_ID = 5
 VIDEO_PID = 2625
 AUDIO_PID = 2626 2627
 PID_06 = 1039 1038 1037
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Ch 99]
 SERVICE_ID = 6
 VIDEO_PID = 2689
 AUDIO_PID = 2690
 PID_06 = 2704
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Tarbut]
 SERVICE_ID = 21
 AUDIO_PID = 2817
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Bet]
 SERVICE_ID = 22
 AUDIO_PID = 2833
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Gimmel]
 SERVICE_ID = 23
 AUDIO_PID = 2849
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Makan]
 SERVICE_ID = 24
 AUDIO_PID = 2865
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Moreshet]
 SERVICE_ID = 25
 AUDIO_PID = 2881
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Kan88]
 SERVICE_ID = 26
 AUDIO_PID = 2897
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Musica]
 SERVICE_ID = 27
 AUDIO_PID = 2913
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Reka]
 SERVICE_ID = 28
 AUDIO_PID = 2929
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Galatz]
 SERVICE_ID = 29
 AUDIO_PID = 2945
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Galgalatz]
 SERVICE_ID = 30
 AUDIO_PID = 2961
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Radios]
 SERVICE_ID = 36
 AUDIO_PID = 3057
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Kol Hai]
 SERVICE_ID = 40
 AUDIO_PID = 3121
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Kol Barama]
 SERVICE_ID = 41
 AUDIO_PID = 3137
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[Lev HaMdina]
 SERVICE_ID = 42
 AUDIO_PID = 3153
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVBT

[CLASSICAL bu]
 SERVICE_ID = 45
 AUDIO_PID = 3201
 FREQUENCY = 538000000
 MODULATION = QAM/16
 BANDWIDTH_HZ = 8000000
 INVERSION = AUTO
 CODE_RATE_HP = 2/3
 CODE_RATE_LP = 1/2
 GUARD_INTERVAL = 1/4
 TRANSMISSION_MODE = 8K
 HIERARCHY = NONE
 DELIVERY_SYSTEM = DVB

The updated stream list

Obtained with ffplay, as shown on this post.

Program 1
 Metadata:
 service_name    : ?Ch 11
 service_provider: ?Idan +
 Stream #0:26[0x401](heb): Subtitle: dvb_subtitle ([6][0][0][0] / 0x0006)
 Stream #0:6[0xa01]: Video: h264 (Main) ([27][0][0][0] / 0x001B), yuv420p(tv, bt470bg), 720x576 [SAR 12:11 DAR 15:11], 25 fps, 50 tbr, 90k tbn, 50 tbc
 Stream #0:27[0xa02]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Stream #0:28[0xa03]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 2
 Metadata:
 service_name    : ?Ch 23
 service_provider: ?Idan +
 Stream #0:0[0xe01]: Video: h264 (Main) ([27][0][0][0] / 0x001B), yuv420p(tv, bt470bg), 720x576 [SAR 12:11 DAR 15:11], 25 fps, 25 tbr, 90k tbn, 50 tbc
 Stream #0:1[0xe02]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 3
 Metadata:
 service_name    : ?Ch 12 Keshet
 service_provider: ?Idan +
 Stream #0:17[0xa21]: Video: h264 (Main) ([27][0][0][0] / 0x001B), yuv420p(tv, bt470bg), 720x576 [SAR 12:11 DAR 15:11], 25 fps, 50 tbr, 90k tbn, 50 tbc
 Stream #0:18[0xa22]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Stream #0:19[0xa23]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Stream #0:20[0xa30](heb): Subtitle: dvb_subtitle ([6][0][0][0] / 0x0006)
 Program 4
 Metadata:
 service_name    : ?Ch 13 Reshet
 service_provider: ?Idan +
 Stream #0:15[0x409](heb): Subtitle: dvb_subtitle ([6][0][0][0] / 0x0006)
 Stream #0:7[0xa61]: Video: h264 (Main) ([27][0][0][0] / 0x001B), yuv420p(tv, bt470bg), 720x576 [SAR 12:11 DAR 15:11], 25 fps, 25 tbr, 90k tbn, 50 tbc
 Stream #0:16[0xa62]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 5
 Metadata:
 service_name    : ?Ch 14 10
 service_provider: ?Idan +
 Stream #0:32[0x40d](heb): Subtitle: dvb_subtitle ([6][0][0][0] / 0x0006)
 Stream #0:33[0x40e](rus): Subtitle: dvb_subtitle ([6][0][0][0] / 0x0006)
 Stream #0:34[0x40f](ara): Subtitle: dvb_subtitle ([6][0][0][0] / 0x0006)
 Stream #0:29[0xa41]: Video: h264 (Main) ([27][0][0][0] / 0x001B), yuv420p(tv, bt470bg), 720x576 [SAR 12:11 DAR 15:11], 25 fps, 25 tbr, 90k tbn, 50 tbc
 Stream #0:35[0xa42]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Stream #0:36[0xa43]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 6
 Metadata:
 service_name    : ?Ch 99
 service_provider: ?Idan +
 Stream #0:21[0xa81]: Video: h264 (Main) ([27][0][0][0] / 0x001B), yuv420p(tv, bt470bg), 720x576 [SAR 12:11 DAR 15:11], 25 fps, 50 tbr, 90k tbn, 50 tbc
 Stream #0:22[0xa82]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Stream #0:23[0xa90](heb): Subtitle: dvb_subtitle ([6][0][0][0] / 0x0006)
 Program 21
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Tarbut
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:30[0xb01]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 22
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Bet
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:24[0xb11]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 23
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Gimmel
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:31[0xb21]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 24
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Makan
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:12[0xb31]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 25
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Moreshet
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:11[0xb41]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 26
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Kan88
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:14[0xb51]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 27
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Musica
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:3[0xb61]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 28
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Reka
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:8[0xb71]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 29
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Galatz
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:13[0xb81]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 30
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Galgalatz
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:5[0xb91]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 36
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Radios
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:2[0xbf1]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 40
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Kol Hai
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:25[0xc31]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 41
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Kol Barama
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:9[0xc41]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 42
 Metadata:
 service_name    : Lev HaMdina
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:4[0xc51]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AACv2) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp
 Program 45
 Metadata:
 service_name    : CLASSICAL bu
 service_provider: Idan +
 Stream #0:10[0xc81]: Audio: aac_latm (HE-AAC) ([17][0][0][0] / 0x0011), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp

Let’s hope they don’t fiddle with this anymore…

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