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Ofcom says Freeview HD possible without extra spectrum

April 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Ofcom boss Ed Richards has agreed to discuss further his plans to auction off the analogue TV spectrum without setting aside space for a Freeview service. The regulator is maintaining that it’s possible to carry six channels of terrestrial HD without allocating any new space, a suggestion disputed by experts. Richards says: “We have no interest in having a fight on the matter. We have set up meetings with broadcasters to discuss this in detail over the next couple of weeks. It is not a matter of ideology for us. It is a matter of technical fact. In our estimation there could be between four and six high definition channels put on digital terrestrial television to complement satellite and cable. We are looking very carefully at the argument that there is compelling public interest for a specific allocation of some spectrum specifically for HD.”
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