Two apply for HD/DTT licences
Communications regulator Ofcom has received two bids to operate HDTV services on UK terrestrial multiplex B. The applicants are Channel 3 (ITV) and Channel 4.
Ofcom had invited the three public service broadcasters to tender for the three available licences one of which is reserved for the BBC.
Both applications are available for reading on the Ofcom website and comments can be posted regarding these applications up until 5.00pm on the 28th August 2008.
Licence holders will be allowed to provide HD services using the MPEG-4, H.264 audio video codec and DVB-T2 transmission to most efficiently use the available bandwidth.
Services would start in each region following the region-by-region phased switchover timetable and sooner in some, where suitably free frequencies are found to be available.
Item added: 22nd August 2008