[opendtv] Freeview economics: who pays?

  • From: Dermot Nolan <dermot@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv [opendtv]" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 16:29:19 +0100 (CET)

Freeview is paid for largely by the viewers. The BBC licence fee funds BBC 
television services NOT Freeview. There is to a be a subsidy of £700M, 
administered by the BBC, for a one-off converter distribution to the poor. 
Commercial broadcasters pay market rates, currently, £12 Million pa, to be 
carried on Freeview. Sony estimated that by conversion end the public will have 
spent UK £26 billion on DTV equipment. The companies who provide the 
transmission infrastructure for the services , which are both commercial and in 
the private sector, charge £12million pa for any available 24/7 SDTV capacity. 
(There is none at the moment).

Finally I see the £9.99 (thats $20) converter goes on sale on 26 December 
2006: www.richersounds.com, as advertised in The Times today. Market forces at 
work with working standards(unlike 'miracle' chips) and working business 

Kind Regards,

Dermot Nolan

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