[opendtv] Freeview realities

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: OpenDTV Mail List <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 08:40:47 -0500

Bert seems to think that the folks in Europe are facing similar marketplace realities to U.S. DTV viewers, as the systems evolve. So i though i would check out a few facts.

2K to 8K mode transition - It is true that many of the early OnDigital STBs did not support the 8K mode. When the transition was made to Freeview, the Digital Television Group tested the various transmission modes and released receiver specifications. These specs require full support for all DVB modes, so everything that has been sold since some time in 2002 should support both the 2K and 8K modes. The transmission tests concluded that further research is needed on the 8K modes, and indicates that they will be useful when Great Britain recovers analog TV spectrum and is able to start deploying SFNs.

Here is a page with many useful documents:


Of particular interest are:

D-Book' Chapter 22 - Receiver specifications:

Final Report of DTT (DVB-T) Transmission Mode Trials - June 27th 2002

Then I stumbled across the following page listing Freeview receivers:


There are about 80 models of set-top and Scart receivers and several PC card/USB receivers listed.

Clicking through to one retailer I found a basic receiver for pounds 24.99 - or about $47 U.S.

More important, there were all kinds of boxes with PVRs, DVD recorders, and other features.

This is called a robust marketplace - something that does not exist for ATSC products in the U.S.


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