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Ofcom Freeview HD proposal flawed and damaging, says UK industry group

February 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Controversial plans by media watchdog Ofcom to introduce limited terrestrial high definition broadcasting in the UK could damage the entire Freeview platform. So says the UK industry-backed Digital TV Group. The DTG is calling for a coherent national HD strategy for all TV platforms, be they terrestrial, satellite, cable and IPTV.
In a response to Ofcom’s proposal, the DTG says: “Regrettably, we do not consider that (Ofcom’s plan) will lead to a successful long-term free-to-air HD platform in the UK. The proposals are highly complex for the consumer as new technologies are to be introduced which will only partially be adopted by the DTT platform. A clear risk exists that a two-tier DTT technology system could emerge as there are no plans by Ofcom to mandate a total UK DTT transition to DVB-T2. There are likely to be insufficient free-to-air HDTV services to drive platform take-up.”
The DTG goes further and suggests that the proposal to introduce DVB-T2 and MPEG4 transmission and compression standards will lead to the deterioration of the standard definition Freeview picture.

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

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