Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2006-11-22 16:00
"Britain's first trial of high definition television via roof top aerials was declared a success yesterday by the four major terrestrial broadcasters."
Which is all well and good, but the title makes it sound like you need a new aerial -- which is definitely not the case!
The terrestrial HDTV trials have been in the regular UHF TV band using DVB-T, and thus can be received (if not decoded) with existing equipment.
Hmm, well, it won't be until 2012 that the bandwidth will be available for them
I would like to see some HD, the picture is rather on the nice side.
It's worth noting that if they were to require new aerials, there would be a fairly significant chunk of bandwidth available in VHF Band I -- and they could set up a single-frequency network there which'd avoid a lot of the mess we get with UHF TV at the moment.
But it's unlikely the government would allow it...
Allow the use of VHF? Or allow them to demand everyone invest in new arials?
The former, since it's presumably going to be much more profitable to sell it off for other uses.