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?
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
On the Ofcom website today is a set of documents about award of the 600MHz spectrum, with a request that stakeholders notify Ofcom of their intention to apply. The headline news from this, which you’ll probably see elsewhere, is that the proposals will provide two more HD multiplexes on Freeview, with coverage of up to… Read More Ofcom’s promise of more HD is a stalking horse for a second DTT switch
I’ve just been reviewing smart TV sets for Computeractive – the results will be in Issue 384, on sale on 8th November. There are some clever things out there; Samsung and LG, for instance, are both experimenting with ways of going beyond the traditional remote control. And whatever you think of their current efforts, at… Read More What’s smart about Smart TV?
According to a tweet from a516_digital, transmitter operator Arqiva has bought IP TV outfit Connect TV. This might sound like dull corporate shenanigans to many but it’s potentially quite interesting for Freeview. First, though you need to know who these people are. Arqiva operates the terrestrial transmitter network in the UK. They have their fingers… Read More More IPTV coming to Freeview – so watch what you buy
I hadn’t planned on writing about YouView again so soon, but one of the things I’ve noticed is that there are some elements of the tech press and other savvy folk who are writing it off, and a bit prematurely, I think. I overheard some people at the press launch talking about how easy it… Read More YouView: Connected TV’s Symbian moment?