BBC begins Freeview HD test using DVB-T2
The BBC has commenced DVB-T2 test transmissions from its Guildford transmitter. The tests follow the approval by the DVB Project on June 26th of the DVB-T2 specification, which increases bit rate capacity by more than 30%.
Plans announced in April by broadcasting regulator Ofcom will see multiplex B cleared of its current standard definition services and converted to use the DVB-T2 standard and MPEG-4, H.264 compression to increase its total capacity. The new capacity will then be used for the carriage of BBC HD and other public service broadcast offerings on a progressive region by region basis as analogue switch of takes place. This could be as early as 2009 in some regions.
BBC Research and Innovation is conducting the test transmissions in partnership with National Grid Wireless and Arqiva. It is also developing a modem compliant with the newly-ratified DVB-T2 standard.
Main source: Digital Spy
Item added: 1st July 2008