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    More Freeview HD Channels on the way

    This is a discussion on More Freeview HD Channels on the way within the Entertainment forums, part of the Community channel category; ...from early 2014 in the 600mhz band: http://www.seenit.co.uk/bbc-to-launc...acity/0728818/ The BBC says it will launch five new subscription-free HD channels after ...

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      More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      ...from early 2014 in the 600mhz band:

      http://www.seenit.co.uk/bbc-to-launc...acity/0728818/

      The BBC says it will launch five new subscription-free HD channels after telecoms regulator Ofcom confirmed plans to boost the amount of spectrum available for Freeview channels.Ofcom has awarded transmission company Arqiva a temporary licence for spectrum freed up by the digital switchover which will allow up to ten additional high-definition channels to be broadcast on digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

      The licence runs until the end of 2018.

      The BBC’s new channels – BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD – will launch by early 2014 with additional channels from other providers expected to follow soon after.

      At present the DTT platform – which provide the live channels on both Freeview and YouView – is limited to just four HD channels. The arrival of new subscription-free HD channels is likely to boost the number of homes who buy a HD TV or set top box.

      That in turn could allow the entire DTT platform to move to a more capacity-efficient broadcasting system, meaning it would need less spectrum in future.
      Ofcom says just 20% of households who watch DTT currently have a HD capable product and retailers will be hoping the arrival of new channels spurs interest in newer equipment such as LED TVs which offer major improvements in picture quality.

      Arqiva says channels on the newly released space will be available to up to 70% of the UK population. The BBC says it will also offer its channels to satellite and cable operators to ensure they’re available to all licence fee payers.

      BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, says: “BBC One HD and BBC Two HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I’m delighted that we’re able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014. These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best.”
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      Re: More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      These will also be available on all digital platforms according to avforums, so I assume sky too.

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      Re: More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      Providing that they can all agree on things first.

      Sadly the BBC Red Button HD channel is not currently available on Sky, yet is being transmitted via the Astra satellites.

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      Re: More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      Quote Originally Posted by reddwarfcrew View Post
      These will also be available on all digital platforms according to avforums, so I assume sky too.
      Glad to see you read the quote...

      The BBC says it will also offer its channels to satellite and cable operators to ensure they’re available to all licence fee payers.


      I blame it on the heat!

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      Re: More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      I was thinking that it's been possible for a long time & the bbc have only gone HD on all channels now because freeview have opened up the bandwidth.

      Which seems a little fairer than being available via sat/cable only, considering we all pay the licence fee.
      Still need a HD tuner inside something though of course.

      They've got to be careful after this:
      BBC scraps 98m digital initiative, admits 'huge waste of licence fee money' - Media News - Digital Spy

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      Re: More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      Quote Originally Posted by stereohaven View Post
      Glad to see you read the quote...





      I blame it on the heat!
      Fair shout, I had to re read it three times as the article is heavily weighted on free view (as is the thread subject)
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      Re: More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      I suspect Freeview is the easier option because you just need to feed the 'local' content to the appropriate transmitter(s) and your distribution is complete when a suitable MUX is available due to the changes. Satellite presents a who lot additional problems such as obtaining duplicate transponders for all the current 'local' feeds. Not an easy task and not cheap. I half expected the BBC to say 'local' HD content would be available via iPlayer as this involves far less additional costs as well as not needing more transponders.

      Remember providing all the 'local' production facilities with HD capable equipment won't be cheap, it's far more than just slipping in an HD camera you need a complete HD infrastructure such as editing suites and so forth. Historically BBC TV has shipped out old equipment to 'local' sites when renewing at main studios but that won't be an option this time.

      I also suspect the Beeb were worried that Freeview was in danger of disappearing with satellite/cable/IPTV and so forth. This places a marker in the terrestrial spectrum and I'd dare any government to now sell that portion off to the mobile phone industry.

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      Re: More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      Of course there is a degree of pressure for the local BBC stations to have HD capabilities.

      One additional issue now will be for when a local station records a news event that may be rebroadcast on the national network for the BBC. If the BBC News HD Channel has to keep broadcasting SD quality output, then someone is going to ask why? The next question will be something to do with the budget.

      Sky News HD has been broadcast for a few years now. Most of the ITV network now shows HD content for all their broadcasts. I accept that not all of STV is shown in HD. This is annoying for those affected as they do not get any ITV content in HD.

      I believe that the BBC2 HD channel is the same for the whole of the UK. BBC2 actually has national broadcasts (England, Wales, Northern Ireland & Scotland).

      I know that the additional broadcasts cost more money. I appreciate that there may be a desire to upgrade everything in due course to HD. For the time being we are left with a stepping stone as everyone tightens their belts, unless you are one of the BBC directors who lost their job last year.

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      More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      It is not actually as many channels as first sounds as if it is like Sky the children's channels will share the space with Three and Four

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      Re: More Freeview HD Channels on the way

      True, but it is a step in the right direction.

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