[opendtv] Re: 'HD for All' group to lobby on DTT

  • From: John Golitsis <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 14:58:16 -0500

What a pickle, what a mess, what a fix, what a jam!


On 20-Dec-06, at 12:49 PM, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:

Sorry. I can't help but remember all the loud insults hurled at the ATSC and others, not so long ago, for even thinking that HDTV would be "needed," let alone affordable.

Look, ma, no new spectrum needed.

Bert

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http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/news.php?class=countries&subclass=0&id=2139

'HD for All' group to lobby on DTT Terrestrial broadcasters, TV manufacturers and retailers are calling on the Government to ensure that spectrum is set aside for high-definition television (HDTV) on the UK's fast-growing Freeview platform. Media regulator Ofcom wants the market to decide which services should get access to spectrum liberated from switching off analogue transmitters, with an auction planned for 2008.

Welcoming Ofcom's three-month consultation on its Digital Dividend Review, the HD for All group-which includes the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five-said it was "important that all television viewers in the UK should have the opportunity to enjoy the UK's free-to-air public service television channels in HD".

"However, this will require some additional spectrum for the DTT platform (the home of Freeview) and we will be making the public interest case for such spectrum in the context of Ofcom's review," said a statement. ITV's interim CEO John Cresswell, said: "It is clear that the UK public expect an HDTV option whichever digital platform they choose. But the future of HD on the UK's fastest growing platform, Freeview, is far from guaranteed."

Steve Dowdle, managing director at Sony UK, said by the completion of digital switchover in 2012 UK consumers "will have invested up to £26bn in converting their homes for digital TV. This investment will release spectrum and a proportion of that spectrum should be given back to the public in the form of HDTV for the public service broadcasters (PSBs)". John Clare, CEO of DSG International, owner of Dixons, added: "If the terrestrial platform is to remain a realistic choice it needs to be competitive. In the future, that will mean that HDTV needs to be available on the DTT platform."

Lovelace Consulting 20.12.2006


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