10Mbps UK broadband guarantee, 4k premieres in Spain, 1Gbps tech coming to Virgin Media, and Burns warns no money in Channel 4 sell-off: DTG daily news, November 9th 2015

Government commits to 10Mbps minimum broadband

Every home and business in the UK will be guaranteed a minimum broadband speed of 10Mbps by 2020, under a Universal Service Obligation announced by the government.

The commitment is an upgrade to the previous USO of 2Mbps, and the government said it will consult in early 2016 on how to reach the 5% of UK properties which won't have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2017.

Spain sees double firsts for 4k demonstrations

Spanish national broadcaster RTVE has unveiled two world premieres of Ultra HD technology to the country's 4K Summit, assisted by Cellnex Telecom, Hispasat, Dolby and SAPEC.

The first used DVB-T2 to broadcast 4k UHD content with high dynamic range, wider colour gamut and Dolby AC-4 audio, in a 34Mbps stream. The second was a simultaneous distribution of UHD content via terrestrial with DVB-T2, satellite on DVB-S2 and online using an HbbTV smart TV system.

Virgin Media owner announces 1Gbps home gateway

Liberty Global has announced a 1Gbps home gateway which will be launched across its European operators—including Virgin Media—over the next year.

The WiFi-enabled router and telephony access point is the first time Liberty has launched a single broadband product, which will be separately branded for its local operators.

Channel 4 chairman: no benefits to privatisation

The outgoing chairman of Channel 4 has warned that selling the state-owned broadcaster could damage the UK creative industry and would be unlikely to raise much money.

Lord Burns—whose proposal to mutualise Channel 4 has been snubbed by the DCMS—said the broadcaster's public service remit would limit its value to the private sector.

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DTG Staff  |  09.11.2015

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