Ofcom hopes for £70m spectrum windfall, Puttnam investigates PSBs, HD plan for French TV, and VR at MTV EMAs: DTG daily news, October 26th 2015

Ofcom predicts £70m for 2.4GHz and 3.4GHZ spectrum auction

More than £70m could be raised when Ofcom auctions former MoD spectrum at 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz for mobile broadband in early 2016.

The latest release of 190MHz of bandwidth will be uncapped so that mobile operators can bid for multiple adjacent blocks to deliver very high speed services.

Lord Puttnam plans alternative inquiry into the BBC's future

BBC supporter Lord Puttnam will stage his own inquiry into the future of public service television as an alternative to the government's advisory committee on the BBC Royal Charter.

The panel will hold a series of events at Goldsmiths, University of London, supported by Bafta, Vice Media, the Hansard Society and the British Academy, exploring the nature, purpose and role of public service television today and into the future.

France details HD platform for DTT after 700MHz sell-off

The French TV regulator, CSA, has revealed the winners of the country's conversion to MPEG-4 for digital terrestrial TV following a fast-track auction of 700MHz spectrum.

France's will launch six MPEG-4 multiplexes from April 2016 so that MPEG-2 services can be switched off by mid-2019, freeing the 700MHz band for mobile use at least a year before the rest of Europe.

MTV tries VR at the EMAs

The MTV European Music Awards were staged in virtual reality this weekend, alongside backstage live streams via Periscope and Instagram's new Boomerang video clips service.

Artists captured on stage in VR included Justin Bieber and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, while Ed Sheeran gave a behind-the-scenes look at his dressing room.

DTG Staff  |  26.10.2015

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