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ITV wades into Freeview HD row, blasts Ofcom

July 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

ITV has now waded into the row, blasting Ofcom’s suggestion that the existing Freeview spectrum can be used to carry four additional channels of high definition TV as “ludicrous!”
ITV controller of platforms Simon Pitts told a Westminster Media Forum on HD that Ofcom’s suggestion that existing frequency space be used, thereby negating the need to release additional spectrum, was unworkable as it would be unlawful for any public service broadcaster to claim frequency capacity that was currently owned by the multiplex operators. Pitts went on to remind Westminster that when Ofcom decided to give the go-ahead to Freeview, the regulator argued that it was not appropriate to rely on satellite and cable for access to digital TV. “The same applies to high definition,” he said. “To now cut off Freeview at the knees is frankly ludicrous and a huge waste of taxpayers’ money.”

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

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  • 1 stephen bowler // Jul 12, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Surely theres plenty of space, look at some of the chanels on now Eurosport on for three hours a day. OMG Freeview should have HD and for it not too would mean a monopoly for sky, surely thats against ofcoms rules.

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