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  #113148 26-Feb-2008 14:03
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Sky currently has 55k (as per their annual report) UHF customers, surely if sky pulled finger (or when do the licenses expire?) and moved everyone off Analogue onto Satellite then this would also open a massive range of UHF bandwidth. A lot more than 1+2+3+4. However as we know Sky / Prime are not in bed with Freeview so this could drag it all out longer than necessary.



Sky have requested an extension to their existing UHF rights. I'm not sure of the period but I think it was until 2020. Now If they got this I wouldn't be suprised to hear about a DTT Pay network from Sky.




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  #113155 26-Feb-2008 14:22
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openmedia: Sky have requested an extension to their existing UHF rights. I'm not sure of the period but I think it was until 2020. Now If they got this I wouldn't be suprised to hear about a DTT Pay network from Sky.


Neither, makes a lot of sense if Sky can get a large part of the UHF spectrum for their own Pay TV services, don't they already have 10 channels Analogue, thats ~30 DTT channels... The capital outlay to get DTT transmitters nationwide wouldn't be huge, as they need a whole lot less transmitters than they currently need for Analogue as we have seen with Freeview. Once it was in it's a lot cheaper than renting Transponder space. Who knows, they could even provide a hybrid DVB-S/T box and do PPV / VOD via the DTT network as the transmission over that network would be a lot cheaper.
Lets hope the Govt don't do it, I would like nationwide WiMax :)




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