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London Olympics to be available in hi-def via Freeview HD

March 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Expect to watch the London Olympics in high definition on a Freeview HD box. That’s the hopeful message from Greg Bensberg, the principal advisor on broadcasting at Ofcom. Speaking at the Digital Television Group’s Annual Industry Summit, he said he was confident that high-definition terrestrial TV would be available in time to watch the 2012 Olympics. He said: “I can see no reason why London won’t be switched over to digital with up to four HD channels by April 2012, giving plenty of time for people to invest in the relevant products to enjoy the games.” During the same event, an industry expert group blasted Ofcom’s proposals and presented a different solution, that would provide 12 HD channels after 2012 and up to 40 at a later date; their plan involves the use of single frequency networks to improve spectrum efficiency.

Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

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