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Saturday, March 12, 2016


Temporary Freeview multiplexes offering additional HD and SD channels to nearly three-quarters of UK households look set to go off-air by the end of March 2020 with viewers likely to have to start retuning their Freeview devices due to frequency changes from the end of next year.

Its also a major blow to local 'community' television services thinking of using Freeview as a launch platform. It simply isn't going to happen under the new OFCOM consultation. And the technical entry point is now that much higher.

It follows the release of the 700MHz frequency band, currently used by Freeview services, to mobile network operators in the UK and around the world. 

Under current Ofcom proposals, half of the transmitters carrying these services would be affected by a frequency change by the end of 2018.

In a consultation document  published on Friday, Ofcom confirmed it intended to allocate the whole 700MHz band to mobile data services, with the central part of the band to be used by Supplemental Downlink - a new mobile broadband technology which provides additional downlink bandwidth to the capacity of paired spectrum in another frequency band.
It is likely to be particularly suited for applications such as streaming videos.

Multiplex operator Arqiva had suggested that the temporary COM7 and 8 multiplexes be preserved until 2023 using the middle part of the 700MHz frequency band.
However dismissing the suggestion, Ofcom said such an allocation could interfere with other services on adjacent frequencies. However, the final outcome will be subject to the results of the consultation.

How will it affect Freeview users?
To enable viewers to continue watching the same range of channels, services will to be migrated to the newer DVB-T2 standard or change to online delivery.
Viewers with older non-DVB-T2 compatible devices (i.e. those that do not list any services between channel 101 and 119) are likely to gradually lose access to services as a result.

During the transitional phase from the end of 2017 through to 2020, viewers will be required to retune their Freeview devices as frequencies change. In some areas, coverage may vary during this time.

The changes will also affect BT TV, Plusnet TV and TalkTalk TV users, who use a hybrid TV service on the YouView platform.

Similar moves are happening in other countries, where the 700MHz frequency band is being cleared, coinciding with a drive to move to an all-HD future: In Germany, selected areas will begin to transition to an HD terrestrial service later this year.
In France, terrestrial TV will switch to HD next month. In the Netherlands, TV via an aerial will be reconfigured in the coming three years to enable HD transmissions.
Here in the UK, major broadcasters are also planning for an HD-only future, plans which are likely to take shape alongside the frequency changes.

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ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).


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