Changes to Freeview transmission discussion (with a techie edge)

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  • Freeview is going to be around for a while yet. A Government response to the consultation mentioned a few posts above from December, this out today...

    Freeview is guaranteed until at least 2034 with this renewal of the five licences, which seems about right to me. By then FTTP will be in every house and the government would've come up with a way for those not able to get broadband, sorted out, so that they can get their tv "channels" down the pipe instead of over the air.

  • Freeview is guaranteed until at least 2034 with this renewal of the five licences, which seems about right to me. By then FTTP will be in every house and the government would've come up with a way for those not able to get broadband, sorted out, so that they can get their tv "channels" down the pipe instead of over the air.

    It may just move from DVB-T/T2 to "5G Broadcast". The selection will be substantially smaller since it will likely mostly be live content, and of the the sort with the widest appeal, the rest will be streamed.


    FTTP isn't practical or cost effective in all locations, so 5G Broadcast would probably be more flexible.

  • 5Select has finally had an uptick in ratings. Newest info today for August 9th-15th is a 0.19, it had flattened out, having 0.18 again last week.


    So either there has been a "flurry" of upgrading, those in the slightly increased geographic availability noticing it is now available to them, or it's more reflective of the programme schedules being more appealing. This 0.01 uptick still equates to there having been a 24% drop in ratings since the changes to its distribution on Freeview.

  • I've probably talked about this elsewhere, but hey it feels like it's been a while.


    If you look at differences between Scottish BBCB/PSB3 and those elsewhere, the space which already looks enough for 2 extra HD streams in Scotland, if a bit snug, will be be even more achievable when new encoders are added.


    Currently the STV and CBBC/BBC Scotland HD streams are running at much lower bitrates than elsewhere in the UK and have been for a long time. Clearly new encoders were utilised when introducing the regional differences required for them to be implemented. Average bitrates for both streams are 2.8Mb/s , whereas the other 4 HD streams have averages between 4.8 and 5.3Mb/s.


    If you compare CBBC/BBC Scotland stream to the equivalent CBBC-only stream elsewhere, say for example in London, the Average is 2.8Mb/s versus 4.1Mb/s respectively. The Max bitrates are 6.3Mb/s versus 15Mb/s.


    Scotland BBCB

    DVBT DVBT2 Bitrate Monitoring BBCB-PSB3-ANGUS DTT UK PSB Cambridge (Sandy Heath)


    London BBCB

    DVBT DVBT2 Bitrate Monitoring BBCB-PSB3-LONDON DTT UK PSB Cambridge (Sandy Heath)


    The end of 2022 was given as when BBC aim to regionalise BBC1 HD in England, and the middle of 2022 is when COM7 (which carries BBC News HD and CBeebiesHD/BBC4 HD on Freeview) will close at the latest. If the Mobile companies want their space earlier they have to give 3 months notice. You'd imagine the BBC would want there to be no interruption in provision of those HD services they currently provide via COM7, so carrying out the changes for carrying the extra streams, if not the regionalisation aspect, will need to be done by the time COM7 closes.


    I do wonder whether what happened at the Bilsdale transmitter, and the subsequent temporarily work required, will affect these dates being met. It's bound to slow progress at least a little.

  • 5Select has finally had an uptick in ratings. Newest info today for August 9th-15th is a 0.19, it had flattened out, having 0.18 again last week.


    So either there has been a "flurry" of upgrading, those in the slightly increased geographic availability noticing it is now available to them, or it's more reflective of the programme schedules being more appealing. This 0.01 uptick still equates to there having been a 24% drop in ratings since the changes to its distribution on Freeview.

    5Select at 0.20 for latest data. It was a fairly reliable 0.25 before the transmission change on Freeview. Latest 0.01 uptick equates to 20% drop in ratings for all platforms for a change affecting only one platform.


    Old DTT viewers upgrading their equipment? More new viewers because of the wider geographic availablity? No way to tell unfortunately. Can be fairly certain it's not programming changes, there's no obvious change in what they are scheduling.

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