Swedish DTT operator Boxer is to begin the deployment of MPEG-4 receivers to new subscribers of the platform. The Swedish Radio and TV Authority (RTVV) has announced eight new national channels that will broadcast in the MPEG-4 format. Although there is no firm timetable, Boxer says there is “no doubt about the direction things are taking”.
From April 1 Boxer, which is also responsible for approving devices to use on the network, wll no longer accept MPEG-2 receivers for test and approval.
The MPEG-4 technology is backwards compatible, meaning that subscribers using the new MPEG-4 receivers, will also be able to watch the existing MPEG-2 channels.