DVB-T2 to reach Granada region next year

UK regulator Ofcom confirmed during this year’s IBC tradeshow that an implementation programme for DVB-T2, led by the BBC and supported by Ofcom, was now being developed with the objective of achieving the first on-air DVB-T2/MPEG-4 broadcasts in HDTV mode in the UK’s north-western Granada region by the end of 2009.

The main buzz at this year’s IBC was the demonstration of the world’s first live over-the-air demo of DVB-T2 – which the DVB Project Office claims will deliver bandwidth savings of up to 70 per cent.

“The new standard is between 50 and 70 per cent better than DVB,” claimed Peter MacAvock, executive director of the DVB Project who also claimed that the DVB-T2 was likely to be adopted worldwide by countries such as the US and Korea.

However, MacAvock added a caveat and stated that there is still likely to be a “war” between rival US and European terrestrial standards.

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