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  Reply # 564976 5-Jan-2012 20:21
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I think this product def has a market (and they do have to do something otherwise they loose their frequencies and aren't compensated for them).  But do agree about the PVR issue, I know I'd never go back to live TV!  But thinking briefly about this, I can't see a reason they can't bring out a more expensive box later on, with PVR functions, doesn't need to affect the usage costs, just a more expensive box, without ability to copy the content off.

What I haven't seen anywhere is the answer to the big question:  Where will this service actually be broadcast!?  The main Freeview sites?  All Freeview sites??  More than that???

Also how many Muxes will they/can they use?  Interesting point about Maori and Prime Muxes can't be used until those Analog broadcasts are switched off.  So currently 3 muxes available (the closed down Movies, Sport & Box frequencies).  4 channels on each, so they could go up to about 20.  Or more if they get use of the Trackside one!?

And does anyone know the answer to whether movies and TV series will be streaming over DVB-IP or over the Internet connection?

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  Reply # 564995 5-Jan-2012 21:02
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They are using DVB-T2, and all the channels are in SD so it can fit on one mux. Sky's analogue services weren't on muxes (analogue works different).

Looking on the SMART radio frequency database I see that sky has got a licence for transmission in my area. It is licensed at the same transmitter that FreeviewHD broadcasts from in Masterton (different from the transmitter that did the analouge). So I would say that they will be on all existing FreeviewHD transmitters.

Correct me if I'm wrong. 




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  Reply # 565002 5-Jan-2012 21:11
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naggyman: They are using DVB-T2, and all the channels are in SD so it can fit on one mux. Sky's analogue services weren't on muxes (analogue works different).

Looking on the SMART radio frequency database I see that sky has got a licence for transmission in my area. It is licensed at the same transmitter that FreeviewHD broadcasts from in Masterton (different from the transmitter that did the analouge). So I would say that they will be on all existing FreeviewHD transmitters.

Correct me if I'm wrong. 

It has to be transmitted from the existing Freeview|HD transmission sites otherwise it wouldn't pick up the existing channels (which they say it will be able to).

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  Reply # 565019 5-Jan-2012 21:37
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Yes, but I was sceptical that they would launch in the freeview expansion areas.




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  Reply # 565127 6-Jan-2012 04:33
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My understanding is that there are either 5 or 6 main national licenses and an additional 5 or 6 licenses that can be used in urban areas. It looks like Sky will get the 4th national license for Igloo. The rest probably have to wait for DSO/ASO before there is enough space available to turn them on. I don't know whether there is enough demand for a 4th Freeview mux at this point...

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