Pace has launched the first Freeview+ HD PVR in the UK market ahead of next month’s football World Cup.
Freeview has confirmed that its new HD service is on track to reach 50% of the UK by the time the World Cup gets underway in June. Channel 4 HD and in Wales S4C Clirlun will join existing channels BBC HD and ITV1 HD.
IPTV World Forum – London: Pace is to launch two DVB-T2 based products including a PVR for Freeview HD. The Philips branded receivers are expected to be in stores ahead of the World Cup by when it is expected the service will be available to 50% of the UK.
Ofcom is to return terrestrial capacity to the BBC after it was unable to resolve issues with Five for the launch of an HD service.
Humax has announced the launch of what is thought to be the first DTT receiver capable of receiving the new Freeview HD platform.
Freeview is to concentrate its marketing power on the launch of its new high definition channels, leaving BBC iPlayer to individual manufacturers, and putting the hybrid broadband platform Canvas to one side.
Humax has given details of the Freeview HD product it intends to launch in the first quarter of 2010.
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.
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.