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HD Freeview for London by 2010?

October 23, 2008

Londoners could be able to see Freeview in HD from 2010 after Ofcom outlined a proposal for a pilot scheme that could speed up the roll-out of HD services by two years.

Ofcom has launched a consultation, in response to a request from the BBC, to look at temporarily reassigning some spectrum frequencies to allow some high density population areas to receive Freeview HD TV more quickly than had been planned.

London, along with Tyne Tees and Ulster, had been lined up to receive Freeview HD services at the end of the phased roll-out of the enhanced broadcast technology in 2012 ahead of the London Olympics. Ofcom has looked at London as a “case study” as the most likely region for the accelerated roll-out of Freeview HD services, because it is “one of the metropolitan areas identified by the BBC and one of the most congested geographic areas”.

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