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BBC warns against Freeview HD hacking

August 2nd, 2006 · No Comments

The terrestrial trial being carried out on a spare Freeview multiplex could be in danger, should reception of the experimental signal be picked up by too many people using customized PCs, according to a story in the August issue of What Satellite and Digital TV magazine.
The trial is being conducted under a non-commercial license from Ofcom, which permits no more than 500 users. While Ofcom is unlikely to pay much heed to enthusiast , the BBC is concerned that some retailers might create a demand with custom built PCs designed to intercept the signal.
The BBC has confirmed that it currently only has a six-month license and it’s hoping to have it renewed. Graham Plumb, the BBC’s head of distribution technology, says the trial will involve ongoing changes to the delivery technology, and the receiver supplied to trialists will be updated with software downloads as and when required. Unofficial viewers will not be so protected: “We do not want consumers to go out and buy products, and then find after a short time that it’s not working.”
For more, turn to the August issue of What Satellite and Digital TV, on sale now.

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

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