Trouble in the barnyard

c cc c Member Posts: 413
edited 6 March 2017, 7:32AM in Archived Posts
The BBC and ITV are at loggerheads with Arqiva, the company which runs Britain’s terrestrial TV masts, over plans for an internet-connected television standard meant as the successor to Freeview.
It is understood the broadcasters want the ‘Freeview Connect’ project to adopt technology developed by Freesat, the free satellite television service, rather than go back to the drawing board and risk losing audience share as viewers turn to on-demand services from pay-TV operators. Freeview Connect was announced this month by Digital UK, a consorium comprising the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva.
However, sources said Arqiva is resisting the plan because it is not a shareholder in Freesat and could lose influence over the future of broadcasting technology if it goes ahead.
The Digital UK board is due to decide on the issue within weeks.
Freeview Connect is seen as vital to future of free-to-air television because Freeview households watch the main terrestrial channels more than those with a BSkyB, Virgin Media, BT or TalkTalk subscription. In the past year BT and TalkTalk have added more than a million pay-TV households between them, the majority former Freeview households attracted by on-demand features.
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  • scottscott Member, Super User Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭
    edited 6 March 2017, 7:32AM
    Lol... Here we go again.... We never saw this one coming did we...
  • c cc c Member Posts: 413
    edited 9 July 2014, 11:05PM
    scott said:

    Lol... Here we go again.... We never saw this one coming did we...

    A couple of ISPs will be along any minute... :-)
  • edited 8 January 2015, 3:55PM
    scott said:

    Lol... Here we go again.... We never saw this one coming did we...

    A couple of ISPs will be along any minute...
        
  • scottscott Member, Super User Posts: 2,101 ✭✭✭
    edited 29 November 2016, 10:48AM
    scott said:

    Lol... Here we go again.... We never saw this one coming did we...

    And then everyone will say what a great idea let's put some pay services on it and call it free something or other...
  • c cc c Member Posts: 413
    edited 9 July 2014, 11:05PM
    scott said:

    Lol... Here we go again.... We never saw this one coming did we...

    Without bothering to check the trademark database...
  • VisionmanVisionman Member, Super User Posts: 9,961 ✭✭✭
    edited 26 February 2017, 1:39PM
    Its Freeview/ Arqiva thats objecting to this technology standard, because they have no say in it. And the other platforms that are/will be using this technology in the now/future?

    Freetime - Euro standard HbbTV - Smart TVs - YouView - The BBC - ITV - CH4 - and possibly Sky. You can fight a flood, but you cannot fight a tsunami.

     Arqiva, on DVB-T2, backs the MHEG-IC standard, which is already a dead man walking imo. All the above back HTML5, which many (most) view as the future foothold of hybrid TV. And interoperability.
    I'm now happy with the disagree icon, because its gone.
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