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  Reply # 195670 13-Feb-2009 09:47
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sbiddle:
Jaxson: Yeah the switch off will come, but probably towards say 2012 sort of thing. 


ASO will not happen in 2012. This seems to be a continually repeated piece of misinformation.

Agreed, 2012 seems way to soon for the government to kill analogue broadcasts, and as lchiu7 says, there's no huge motivation to end it soon.  This just reaffirms what I was saying above, in that freeview is at this stage a marketing consortium with an alternative improved broadcast platform, not simply just the future of free to air broadcasts. 

Those, typically in rural areas, who had sky's base digital package will benefit hugely from freeviews free sat service.  -heck they can even use the same dish.  Anyone else who has sky for sports/movies can not consider freeview as a viable cheap replacement.  Freeviews advertising could be seen suggest that it is, and the answers from freeview to our questions reinforced that they are in competition with sky.

That said, the HD service is great.  It's in widescreen for a start, no ghosting etc like the old analogue broadcast could be prone to, and you get some other channels.  Plus some shows are in HD and 5.1 so it really is a good upgrade regardless, especially if you have a newer flat panel tv.

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  Reply # 195711 13-Feb-2009 16:28
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Jaxson:

That said, the HD service is great.  It's in widescreen for a start, no ghosting etc like the old analogue broadcast could be prone to, and you get some other channels.  Plus some shows are in HD and 5.1 so it really is a good upgrade regardless, especially if you have a newer flat panel tv.


That is to me the main reason to go to Freeview(HD). My OTA is terrible, TCL is average so I have both DVB-S and DVB-T. But since I don't have a DVB-T STB (only a PC) I watch DVB-S most of the time and record DVB-T for HD broadcasts or for shows that are only on DVB-T like CTV8.

I would get rid of TCL if they put Food Network on Freeview but that's not going to happen any time soon :(




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  Reply # 196239 17-Feb-2009 11:14
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The VHF Licenses expire in 2015, the UHF licenses (including Sky's) expire in 2010 and maybe they will extended by a few years, so it won't go on and on til 2030 as the MED will hold broadcasters to a limit I believe - which I think will be 2015 or 2018 as a max.  Considering the fast pace of uptake I think that will be a good maximum date.

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  Reply # 196263 17-Feb-2009 13:00
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pjamieson: ... the UHF licenses (including Sky's) expire in 2010 ...

Meaning Prime goes off-air next year unless you subscribe to SKY to receive it? Surely not.
Tom

EDIT - sorry - missed the bit about extending the license.

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