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BBC confirms Multiplex B sub-letting

The BBC has confirmed it will sub-let spectrum capacity on Freeview multiplex B in parts of the UK.

In preparation for the roll out of HD services on the UK’s DTT network, the BBC will clear Multiplex B of all current standard definition streams. The public broadcaster had already announced that this will mean the closure of one Red Button interactive video stream and the BBC News Multiscren service.

Multiplex B will be fully reserved for HD services in parts of the UK that have completed digital switchover but the BBC will offer to the market, via a competitive tender, the two vacant streams available in other parts of the UK in the interim period to 2012.

The two streams will be available in approximately 80% of the country from the end of the year.