Freesat, the free to air satellite service from the BBC and ITV, is set to launch on May 6th. The service will provide a Sky style 7-day EPG with Freesat branded receivers available initially from Grundig (standard definition) and Humax (high definition), with a high definition PVR available from Humax in a few months time . . . → Read More: Freesat to launch on 6th May
Now that the format war is over and we can all stop holding back, its time to consider which blu-ray player to buy. Here are the main contenders;
. . . → Read More: So which is the best blu-ray player?
Reuters has picked up a story from Japanese broadcaster NHK that Toshiba is planning to stop production of HD-DVD compatible hardware, allowing the competing Blu-Ray format a clear run. The news follows a series of announcements over recent days that major online and high street retailers will no longer support the HD-DVD format, the most . . . → Read More: Toshiba to cease production of HD-DVD
A report by Deloitte for the BBC Trust into efficiency of spectrum use has stated that, in addition to more efficient coding and multiplexing, changes in modulation from 16QAM to 64QAM and future adoption of new technologies such as DVB-T2 and MPEG-4, efficiency improvements in the BBCs Freeview multiplexes over the next five years can . . . → Read More: BBC report recommends lowering picture quality on Freeview
Ofcom has issued a statement setting out what it describes as one of the most important decisions we have ever made: how to award the spectrum freed up by digital switchover, the digital dividend, for new users. The decision matters because the spectrum to be freed up is exceptional in that it can readily be . . . → Read More: Digital Dividend Review statement
While we’re all eagerly awaiting OfCom’s expected announcement next month of an ambitious migration path that would transition Freeview from the current DVB-T transmission standard using MPEG-2 compression to the newer DVB-T2 and MPEG-4 standards by 2009, starting with a single multiplex, here’s some more news for those of us for whom HDTV on Freeview . . . → Read More: Stat-muxing over several channels (or how HDTV might be coming to Freeview)