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nwhitfield
Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:56 pm Reply with quote
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Yesterday. Al Jazeera Arabic launched on Freeview. Not remarkable in itself, perhaps. But Toppy users won't even notice the channel is there.

It's the first standard def channel to launch on the platform that requires a FreeviewHD receiver, as it uses DVB-T2 and H.264.

I very much doubt it'll be the last.

More on my blog.

http://gonedigital.net/2014/01/17/first-generation-freeview-kit-is-on-the-way-out/

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gomezz
Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:26 pm Reply with quote
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So you don't think there will be a single legacy MUX running DVB-T/MPEG2 for the public services channels for quite a while after everything else goes DVB-T2/MPEG4?

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nwhitfield
Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:50 pm Reply with quote
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I'm sure there will be, but the question is how many, and for how long? You can get 8 or 9 channels on a traditional mux; so which PSB services will remain, and what will end up being lost?

The extra HD channels we have just gained are temporary muxes; they are only guaranteed to be there until the end of 2018. After that, those services have to go somewhere, if they're to continue - and a lot of people would possibly be a bit miffed if having decided HD was worth it for all the BBC channels, plus ITV and C4, half of those were lost.

By that time, there may have been more shuffling around and even less space to play with than there is at present. So, to maintain what we have past 2018, there will surely have to be some conversions. The question is, how many?

Already those in marginal areas are a bit annoyed at not getting a full service. In five years or so, many other people may be in the same position, unless they upgrade again. A single T/MPEG2 mux won't support all the channels from the current PSBs.

If there was just one mux running, a lot of people would - probably rightly - feel that they were getting a very reduced service. Even two wouldn't give most people what they have come to expect. But TV makers are still - especially at the bottom end - selling DVB-T only kit, and there's probably even less awareness of this issue than there was of DSO round one.

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