Digital TV on hold
Sunday 24 May 1998
The change to digital is expected to be as revolutionary asthe change from black-and-white to colour TV. But the commercial end of digital terrestrial TV, to be operated by British Digital Broadcasting, a joint venture between Carlton Communications and Granada Group, has become mired in technology and legal battles with satellite rival British Sky Broadcasting Group.
The frequencies battle would affect not only BDB, but also the ITV network and the BBC, which want to offer services in digital format as well. As many as 300 channels of pay-TV will be available by next year, with BDB broadcasting about 15 new digital pay-TV channels to UK homes using existing antenna.
Carlton and Granada agreed in January to invest pounds 300m in developing the new service, and BDB will become the first real pay-TV rival to British SkyBroadcasting Group, in which Rupert Murdoch's News Corp owns a 40 per cent stake. BSkyB also has separate plans to introduce as many as 200 channels of satellite digital television, starting next month.
Digital terrestrial TV uses ground-based technology that will gradually replace traditional analog TV systems. Huge growth in mobile communications systems is driving a need to free up radio frequencies. The new TV system will release existing analog frequencies while providing more capacity for television channels.
BDB could gain access to the 75 per cent of UK homes that do not receive analog subscription-based satellite TV services. The US, Finland and Sweden are also planning digital terrestrial TV.
Copyright: IOS & Bloomberg
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 3 What are your fingerprint words?
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Slough train station deaths: Woman and child killed after being 'pushed in front of train'
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Jennifer Lawrence: Leaked 4Chan sex video branded 'fake' by users
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books
iJobs Money & Business
£65000 Per Annum Benefits + bonus: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: If you are...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40000: SThree: As a Recruitment Consultant, y...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree Group have been well e...