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This article was published on June 14, 2010


    Ofcom agrees to BBC DRM on Freeview HD

    Ofcom agrees to BBC DRM on Freeview HD
    Steve Kennedy
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    Steve Kennedy

    Industry veteran, started in medical electronics, then mobile, ISP/Telco and mobile/wireless. Been in the industry for over 20 years. Involv Industry veteran, started in medical electronics, then mobile, ISP/Telco and mobile/wireless. Been in the industry for over 20 years. Involved in various start-ups and early stage investor and write for various tech sites. Mainly now just professionally annoy people (sometimes). Can be found on Twitter as stevekennedyuk and on a techie blog Euro Tech News.

    Ofcom has published a statement on the BBC only allowing access to the electronic program guide (EPG) for their HD channels if the receiver supports content management technology.

    Currently standard definition channels do not need to utilise content management (and Ofcom specifically disallows content management on SD channels).

    Presumably the BBC do not want services such as TVCatchup.com to rebroadcast their HD channels (if that’s what they’re doing on SD channels – TVCatchup don’t really give much away on how their service works) as they’ll want people to use services such as SeeSaw as they are part of the group that runs it and thus gain revenue from it.

    With a new generation of tablet devices coming on to the market, HD IPTV services are going to attract the attention of both traditional broadcasters and new services who want to capitalise on this new market of HD ready devices.