Ofcom: BBC HD channel OK

Ofcom's Market Impact Assessment (MIA) has ruled that the BBC's plans to introduce a new mixed genre digital TV channel in high definition format, available free-to-view without advertising, is unlikely to have significant negative market impacts.

Audiences would have the opportunity to access the BBC's proposed HD channel on all digital television platforms – digital satellite, digital cable and digital terrestrial. The channel would also be available on the Internet when technical and financial considerations make it possible.

At launch the channel would offer a schedule of three to four hours per day building to nine hours in late 2008, broadcasting a selection of material from BBC1, BBC2 and other BBC channels.

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