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:: November 2009

Digital switchover in Denmark

Denmark successfully completed its analogue switch-off in a single day. During the night of 31 October, the analogue terrestrial television channels were switched off and the full DTT platform launched nationwide. Right before midnight, on 31 October, both the analogue and DTT networks were switched off. A little more than one hour later, the main DTT transmission sites were up and running.

:: October 2009

Interest for DVB-T2 in Europe

Final preparations are underway in the United Kingdom for the launch of HDTV services on the DTT platform using the DVB-T2 standard. On 2 December, the transmitter on Winter Hill, serving the cities of Manchester and Liverpool, will begin broadcasting services using DVB-T2. Elsewhere, two multiplexes using DVB-T2 are set to launch in Finland in 2010 while several other countries have announced plans to begin DVB-T2 trials.

:: August 2009

The market for HBB services

Hybrid Broadband Broadcast (HBB) has become a new buzz phrase in the audiovisual industry. While it defines the convergence between broadcast and Internet content for a coherent experience, HBB has been used as a catch-all phrase to include the access of Internet content from a television display. Increasingly, devices have been made available that allow viewers to watch Internet video content directly on their television sets. Manufacturers have demonstrated confidence in the emergence of this new market by making many devices available.

:: July 2009

The European Commission and the digital dividend

On 10 July, the European Commission issued a consultation document on the opportunities available from the “digital dividend” (1). According to the Commission, the digital dividend can provide social benefits and economic growth in Europe if used wisely. It calls for the allocation of the digital dividend for new wireless services, such as next-generation mobile broadband, and the implementation of a European Union Roadmap based on the actions proposed in the consultation document.

:: June 2009

Changes to the DTT platform in Spain

The government has recently made several proposals to allow for the introduction of high-definition (HD) services and pay content on the DTT platform. These proposals have been presented to the Consejo Asesor de las Telecomunicaciones y de la Sociedad de la Información (CATSI) for approval, and as a next step, will become law through a series of Royal Decrees to be issued in July.

:: May 2009

Hybrid broadcast / broadband services

The Internet has increasingly become a source for video content. This is unsurprising as broadband connections are better able to handle large data files and more content becomes available on the Internet. Data released by ComScore showed that Internet users in the United States viewed 14.5 billion online videos in March 2009 which represented an 11% increase compared with February.

:: April 2009

Can mobile TV work?

Mobile TV was a hot topic at NAB this year. Following the adoption of the Mobile DTV specification by the ATSC (previously known as ATSC M/H), plans are underway in the United States to roll-out services in 27 television markets, covering 38% of the population, by the end of the year.

:: March 2009

DTT services in the Czech Republic

DTT services have been available in the Czech Republic since October 2005 when the public service broadcaster, Czech Television, launched one multiplex in Prague. Since then, further services have been rolled out, coverage areas extended, and new broadcast licenses allocated.

:: February 2009

DTT services in Hungary

The launch of DTT services in Hungary took place on 1 December 2008 following nearly 8 years of preparation. Technical issues, such as the compression format to be used, needed to be confirmed while the legislative framework needed to be updated to allow for the launch of DTT services.

:: January 2009

Delaying ASO in the United States

It is looking increasingly likely that the analogue switch-off date in the United States will be delayed. Initially set to take place on 17 February, it is now expected that Congress will approve legislation delaying analogue switch-off for 90 days. This follows a request made by the Obama presidency transition team in a letter sent to leading members of Congress on 8 January, just 41 days before the set analogue switch-off date.