[mythtv-users] OT: UK DVB: BBC to start DVB-T2 test trials

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at ntlworld.com
Fri Jun 27 18:18:50 UTC 2008

On Friday 27 June 2008 17:55:22 David Watkins wrote:
> > The Beeb are to start trials of the DVB-T2 service ready for digital switchover:
> >
> > http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2008/06_june/27/hd.shtml
> >
> > The DVB-T2 spec will be available on the ETSI website soon.
> From the DVB-T wiki page
> 'New DVB-T2 receivers are expected to be able to receive DVB-T, but
> DVB-T receivers will not receive DVB-T2 as hardware changes are
> needed.'
> Which, if true, is a bit of a bummer.
> Presumably the DVB-T HD trials on the Crystal Palace transmitter a
> couple of years ago were not successful enough?

No, it didn't work very well, frankly. DVB-T doesn't really have the bandwidth to handle HD. But the real reason they're switching over is that DVB-T2 can carry a lot more data on the same amount of spectrum - giving room for more channels (and of course, HD needs more anyway). It's all about revenue.

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