09.00 Update: Last August’s move by BBC HD to a new generation of encoders for its satellite service has resulted in a series of criticisms from some viewers over the quality of its pictures.
Freeview HD today (Wednesday) held its ‘technical launch’ with BBC HD and an extended ITV HD on-air in London and the North West. However, with no receivers currently commercially available and limited reception possibilities, the major marketing push will not take place until next Easter when major volumes are expected.
The contribution of BBC Research & Development towards DVB-T2 has been recognised by the Royal Television Society in its annual Innovation Awards.
IBC 2009 – Amsterdam. Further HD services could launch in the UK if Ofcom gives permission for the new terrestrial HD multiplex to run at 40 Mbps.
IBC 2009 – Amsterdam. Patent owners have already agreed that there will be no use fee for DVB-T2 broadcasting. Also, the royalty rate for TV sets and STBs will not exceed €1.
IBC 2009 – Amsterdam. Pace has given details of what is expected to be the first DVB-T2 high definition receiver capable of receiving signals from the UK’s new terrestrial high definition service, Freeview HD.
The Swedish Radio and Television Authority (RTVV) has said it backs the proposals of the European Commission to free up the radio spectrum after analogue switch off.