Good news from Geneva – the future of terrestrial broadcasting in Europe is safe for now, thanks to the decision at WRC-15 to keep the UHF band exclusively for DTT services. As the EBU reports, this means that terrestrial broadcasting – which means Freeview in the UK – will be safe, with a review of… Read More Freeview wins in the battle of Geneva
My recent post on the new rules for Freeview has prompted some questions about how much longer people will be able to carry on using their first generation Freeview kit. To recap, from January 2017 all Freeview kit that’s sold will have to support HD. The first thing to say is “Don’t panic.” That absolutely… Read More When will your Freeview box stop working?
At an event in London this morning, with the DTG and Freeview, a significant announcement finally happened – and not before time in my view. From January of next year, all Freeview labelled TVs above 32 inches will have to have support for HD and DVB-T2. From January 2017, that will apply to all Freeview… Read More A long awaited move to T2
Democracy, according to Winston Churchill, was “the worst form of government, except for all the others.” To a degree, I think, the same might be said about the UK’s television licence fee. The BBC’s charter – the legal framework that establishes it – is up for renewal, and so once again there are many discussions… Read More The TV licence – the worst option except all the others?
Amongst all the talk about the shift of BBC3 to online, and the launch of the BBC 1 + 1 channel, one of the things that’s not received much notice is the extra hour of kids TV. On the face of it, this is a nice gift from Auntie, and means that instead of the… Read More With this extra hour of kids’ TV, you’re spoiling us
Over on The Register I’ve written about why WRC-15 matters. You’ve probably never heard of it, but it’s a conference where decisions are made about the frequencies that countries can use for broadcasting and other purposes. And one of the agenda items for WRC-15, which takes place in November next year, could spell the end… Read More Why you should worry about WRC-15
It’s not really that long since Digital Switchover completed in the UK, but on the 16th of January 2014 we saw the beginning of the end for the first generation of the Freeview platform. What’s happened? Al Jazeera Arabic. In itself, that might seem fairly unremarkable; it’s not the first non-english service, as there are… Read More First generation Freeview kit is on the way out