Digital UK

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 […]

Digital UK urges Europe to ‘protect future of free TV’

Digital UK and members of the Wider Spectrum Group have urged EU policy makers to protect the airwaves used by Freeview and other European terrestrial services ahead of the WRC next month. Digital UK Chief Executive Jonathan Thompson and other senior representatives of the broadcasting sector called on the EU to protect the future of […]

Freeview Play to launch next month

UK digital-terrestrial TV provider Freeview has confirmed that its new connected TV offering, Freeview Play, will launch next month on Panasonic TVs. The service will launch first on Panasonic’s new 2015 line-up of Viera TVs and will then be available on a range of other Panasonic products, including three Blu-ray recorders and two digital recorders. […]

DTT ‘must evolve’, says Digital UK CEO

Digital terrestrial television “must and will evolve” to adapt to new technology and web connectivity, according to Digital UK chief executive Jonathan Thompson. In Digital UK’s ‘Free to view TV for the connected age’ update, Thompson said that Digital UK’s priority over the coming months and years will be to adapt and to make sure […]

Freeview Play on track to launch this year

Freeview Play, the new connected TV offering from free-to-view digital-terrestrial TV provider Freeview is on track to launch later this year, according to Ilse Howling, managing director, connected TV, at Digital UK. Speaking at the DTG Summit 2015: Driving Global CollaborVation in London yesterday, Howling said that the testing was well under way on the […]

TechUK opposes Freeview Play integration charges

Industry body TechUK has launched a campaign against plans by Digital UK to charge device manufacturers a per-device fee to integrate the new Freeview Play technology into TVs and set-top boxes. TechUK said that Freeview Play, the new connected TV platform from UK DTT platform Freeview, will open up increased access to content from catch-up […]