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Digital UK: DTT growing as rival platforms falter

Freeview is the only major UK broadcast platform that is growing its user base, according to digital-terrestrial TV strategy and development organisation Digital UK. Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK, said that Freeview was continuing to grow in the face of shrinking or flat satellite and cabel uptake. According to Digital UK’s annual report, the […]

Freeview to receive £125m investment to go ‘fully hybrid’

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million (€142 million) over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and […]

Freeview announces ‘Bundle Builder’ service

Freeview has announced a new online ‘Bundle Builder’ service, as a response to growing demand for bundles of shows that are available on free TV. Speaking at the Outside the Box conference at BAFTA’s headquarters in London this morning, Freeview managing director Guy North said that Freeview Play, which underpins Freeview Bundle Builder, is becoming […]

Digital UK calls for move beyond ‘salami slicing’ DTT spectrum

Digital UK has called for a move beyond “salami slicing DTT spectrum”, after commissioning a new study on ultra high frequency (UHF) bandwidth use. ‘The defragmentation dividend’ white paper, conducted by telecoms specialists Aetha Consulting, explores the scope for a “fundamental rethink” of how UHF spectrum is used by mobile operators. With the 700Mhz band […]

Freeview Play content discovery revamp due this year

A new Freeview Play content discovery and recommendation system is currently in development and is due to launch later this year. During a panel session on ‘innovation in broadcast’ at the DTG Summit in London yesterday, Digital UK CEO Jonathan Thompson showed a picture and gave details of the in-development offering. He said it would provide […]

Digital UK: 700 MHz clearance unaffected by Brexit vote

The clearance of Freeview channels from the 700MHz spectrum band is expected to be unaffected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to Digital UK. In its annual update report on digital terrestrial television, Digital UK chair Caroline Thomson said that work has already begun to ensure the transition is completed “on time […]

Freeview Play updates on the way

Work is underway to expand the content and functionality available on connected digital terrestrial service Freeview Play, according to Digital UK. In its annual update report on digital terrestrial television, Digital UK said that Freeview Play will add new discovery features during 2016, including a search function that works across all the catch-up services on […]

Digital UK opens up Freeview Play specification

Digital UK has published the technical specification for connected TV service Freeview Play, opening it up to broadcasters, platforms and equipment manufacturers. The specification, which detail the technologies required to design and implement Freeview Play TVs and boxes, was previously only available via formal registration. Digital UK, a non-profit organisation that supports the UK’s terrestrial […]

Howling to leave Digital UK

Ilse Howling is stepping down as Digital UK’s managing director of connected TV, with chief operating officer Alex Pumfrey also to leave the UK digital-terrestrial TV organisation at the end of February. Howling, the former managing director of DTT platform Freeview, joined Digital UK in 2014, to lead the development phase of Freeview Play, the […]

Consultation launched over BBC3’s vacated EPG slot

Digital UK, the organisation that manages the Freeview EPG, has launched a consultation about what should happen to BBC Three’s channel slot after it goes online only. BBC Three currently occupies channel seven on the electronic programme guide of the Freeview digital terrestrial platform. Digital UK said the consultation will seek to ensure that “any […]

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