BBC director-general Mark Thompson has defended the role of free-to-air broadcasters in the distribution of content and development of technical platforms. In a speech to the Oxford Media Convention, Thompson said the promise of getting as close as possible to universal availability was at the heart of the public service broadcasting contract.
The BBC has confirmed BBC One HD will launch on satellite on Wednesday, November 3. The channel will broadcast on the same Astra transponder as the current BBC HD pilot channel and is being made available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
Freesat is looking to take advantage of Ofcom’s Wholesale Must Offer rules, offering a pay-TV package, even though many of its set-top boxes don’t feature the necessary conditional access smart card slot.
Freesat has shown that excellent content continues to be found in the free-to-air arena, announcing its annual awards at a ceremony in London. ITV1 HD, E4, Al Jazeera English and CBeebies among those receiving honours that had been judged by an industry panel of the great and the good.
Freesat has announced it has now secured more than one million homes. The BBC-ITV satellite platform has added 250,000 homes since November.
The High Court in London has rejected an appeal by shopping channel JML Direct against its listing on the Freesat EPG.
Impala, the International MHEG Promotion Alliance, has said it welcomes the beta release of the world’s first deployment of hybrid broadcast broadband MHEG Interaction Channel (MHEG-IC) by the UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat.
Subscription-free satellite service Freesat has confirmed that the ITV Player catch-up service will join the platform in the first half of 2010. It will join the BBC iPlayer, a beta version of which will be made available from December 7, 2009.
EXCLUSIVE: Freesat has used Huffman compression – the subject of an extended Ofcom consultation over its introduction on Freeview HD – since launch, Broadband TV News can reveal.
Subscription free satellite service Freesat will this weekend launch a new advertising campaign.