Arqiva warns on HD delays to digital terrestrial

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Transmission group Arqiva has reportedly called on policy makers to accelerate their ruling on whether the UK's digital terrestrial platform will be granted additional capacity in order to carry high-definition television channels.

That's because certain transmitters in Scotland, Wales, the West Country and north-west England need to be modified for switchover this summer by Arqiva, but the work does not include preparations for HD.

Broadcast quoted Arqiva's terrestrial media chief Steve Holebrook saying a delay now could leave large areas of the UK without digital terrestrial HD until 2013. Holebrook added: "It is inconceivable that digital terrestrial TV will not support HD in the future. How can 50% of the population be denied coverage of the London Olympics in HD?"

Lovelace Consulting  |  27.02.2006

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