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Hacking the BBC HD Terrestrial TV trial

May 6th, 2006 · 3 Comments

When the BBC begins its terrestrial trials, will it be possible to hack into the experimental broadcasts, even if you’re not part of the chosen BBC test team? Possibly! Although these test broadcasts will ‘officially’ restricted to those using the Beeb’s test receivers, it may be possible for others within range to ‘tune in’ using PCs equipped with DTT tuners and H.264 software codecs.
When it comes to the DTT HD trial transmissions, the BBC has to work within the terms of an Ofcom license which requires it to make the broadcasts available only to a closed sample group, not the public.
This means it’s not offering any details which could be used to help those interested get access to its HD programming. Personally, I fail to understand why the Ofcom and/or BBC are being deliberately (and pointlessly) obstructive here. Statistics – and common sense, a rare commodity nowadays especially in government circles – should tell you that the greater the sample size, the more meaningful any results will be.
As a member of the public who pays taxes to the Government and license fees to the Beeb, I personally feel that I have every right to view these transmissions – if it’s technically possible to do so. And the same applies to anyone else (including AV zombie readers) who has the relevant equipment and lives within the service area. The attitudes displayed here are a far cry from the BBC’s first televisual steps in the 1920s and 1930s, when experimentation was actively encouraged!
But stay tuned for any info on accessing the BBC’s HD DTT service on the sly. The Corporation has confirmed that it will begin its DTT HD trial “ in time for the World Cup.” By Martin Pipe

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Derek Murr // May 9, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    I agree that all taxpayers and BBC licence fee payers should have the right to view these transmissions – if it’s technically possible to do so! It’s a no brainer – the greater the sample size, the more meaningful results are.

  • 2 jamesb // May 12, 2006 at 10:43 am

    this has already been done – the usual sites and locations have the samples…

  • 3 KevinH // May 16, 2006 at 10:25 am

    what are the names and location of the sites which have the samples ?

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