[opendtv] HD on Freeview EDM gains 55 MP supporters

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 11:21:18 -0500


HD on Freeview EDM gains 55 MP supporters

Labour MP John Grogan's early day motion (EDM) calling on the Government
to "provide a fair allocation of spectrum for HD on Freeview" has been
signed by 55 MPs. Grogan's EDM says many consumers who have bought an
HD-ready screen expect to be "able to receive HDTV via Freeview after

"Ofcom's preference for a simple sale of spectrum freed up by digital
switchover, and the additional costs of production and transmission in
HD, may mean that public service broadcasters simply cannot afford the
additional spectrum necessary to provide HD via Freeview," says the EDM.

Grogan says the issue threatens to consign Freeview to "a second class
service" unless spectrum is made available to public services

Earlier this week the Government side-stepped an e-petition calling on
Tony Blair to force media regulator Ofcom to allocate unused spectrum
after digital switchover to high-definition TV services. The e-petition
was submitted via the 10 Downing Street web site and gained 4,906
signatures. The Government urged petititoners to take part in Ofcom's
consultation on its Digital Digital Review, ending on March 20.

Lovelace Consulting 02.03.2007
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