menuMENU    UK Free TV logo TV



Click to see updates

Is there a big problem with the Freeview HD plan?

Will you actually be able to receive the proposed 256QAM mode HD transmissions?

Will you actually be able to receive the proposed 256QAM mode H
published on UK Free TV

Ofcom and the BBC have proposed (or possibly decided) to launch a three/four HDTV service using multiplex B, starting in late 2009 using the (unratified) DVB-T2 standard. (see The "secret" Ofcom plan for Freeview HDTV: DVB-T2 - - independent digital television and switchover advice, since 2002)

This proposal is to use the 256QAM broadcast mode.

Ofcom's predictions for coverage of multiplex B at switchover seem to be based on using 64QAM mode, however.

We need to know if the BBC will increase the power levels of multiplex B to match the coverage of the other six (or three where appropriate) multiplexes, or will the coverage of multiplex B (in the HD mode) therefore be less than it would be if left in 64QAM mode?

The BBC did a good piece of research back in 2002, to test the differences between the Freeview modes. BBC - R&D - Publications - WHP056

However, no such tests have been done to compare the effect of 256QAM mode to 64QAM, so it seems possible that the proposed Freeview HD service will actually restrict the services received by many licence fee payers.

Help with High Definition?
Whenever i watch moving sport especially football I experience much poorer pictu1
In this section
Freeview removes com8 channels 1
20 Freeview HD TV channels to close March/June 2019 in Cornwall2
Channel 4 abandons Freesat HD in TWO DAYS3
Five tips for when you are buying a new TV to watch Freeview or Freesat4
Why do less than one in five people with an HD set watch in HD?5
All five public service channels now free to air!6

Saturday, 14 January 2012
peter peart
12:43 PM

why as channel 5 remove from airing hd freeview from the tv.

link to this comment
peter peart's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 15 January 2012

8:07 AM

peter peart: Things have chanced since the article was published on 19th April 2008, Freeview HD capacity is on it's own multiplex, it does not share with BBC SD services.

link to this comment
Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentUK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.