Early DTT HD consultation launched

Ofcom has opened a consultation on using temporary frequencies to launch HD/DTT services before Analogue Switch Off (ASO) takes place. The present plan is for HD/DTT services to be launched on a region by region basis as analogue switch-off takes place
Fortunate viewers in the Granada TV region will be able to access HD/DTT services by the end of 2009, after ASO in that region, whilst viewers in London will need to wait until 2012.
By using temporarily assigned frequencies, it would be possible to launch a multiplex offering HD services ahead of the digital switchover schedule.
The consultation document examines the possible frequency assignment framework within which the temporary assignments could be made. London is used as a case-study.
The consultation closes on 19 November.
Source: Ofcom
Item added: 27th October 2008