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BBC pulls plug on HDTV trial

April 27th, 2007 · No Comments

The BBC will end its digital terrestrial trial on May 31. Transmissions were being operated under a specific and temporary OFCOM license.
The Beeb says “We’ve come a long way since kick-off on 9th June 2006 with the World Cup, and the technical testing is now complete. The trial testing has been a great success.”
While a technical success, the future of high definition on Freeview remains unclear following Ofcom’s widely criticized plan to sell of spectrum space without ring-fencing room for terrestrial HD.
The BBC however will continue with its open trials on the Sky satellite platform and cable. It hopes to launch a fully-fledged HD channel in 12 months.
The broadcaster explains: “The BBC Trust has given its consent for these open trials to continue while it undertakes a Public Value Test on BBC Management’s application to launch a UK HD service across all available platforms.  Subject to a favourable outcome, we would hope that this could launch in 2008.”

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

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