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Sony challenges Government over Freeview HD

March 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Sony’s director of public affairs Bill Vestey has argued that a third of the digital spectrum should be given over to public service broadcasters for high definition transmissions, at the completion of the digital switchover. Speaking at a Westminster eForum seminar, he indicated that Ofcom’s desire to auction off the entire spectrum will lead to Freeview becoming a second class broadcasting platform.
“We believe that Ofcom or the Government should take a strategic view of public service broadcasting and decide what is right for the UK. British broadcasting must remain competitive in a global high-definition marketplace, and the Government must accept and understand its responsibility to provide the best broadcast infrastructure to UK citizens,” he said.
The Government, however, sees no imperative in mandating high definition broadcasting. Replying to the 5000 who signed a petition on the Downing Street website, it proclaimed: “Like Ofcom, the Government believes that technology-neutral auctions offer the most effective way of allocating spectrum. Spectrum management is now a matter for Ofcom.”

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

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