HD on DTT platform
Portugal Telecom (PT) is negotiating with the regulator Anacom to replace its proposed pay-TV multiplex with a bouquet of high definition channels. It argues that since the original application was made market conditions have changed.
PT were awarded a licence to operate the free to view platform in April and they also hold a licence to operate a pay-TV platform across five multiplexes.
The plan is for national broadcasters RTP, SIC and TVI to broadcast HD versions of their existing channels free-to-air in the HD format. However, Portugal Telecom is to push ahead with its own national digital TV channel, which under the plan would also have an HD simulcast.
The DTT platform already uses MPEG-4 as the compression standard.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 25th January 2010