BBC Document to Gov. on Digital Future

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by rogerh, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. rogerh

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    I have recently written to both the Dept. for Cultue, Media and Sport and to Ofcom (again), about the availability of ITV1, Ch4 & Ch5 to all viewers on whichever platform (Terrestial,Satellite or cable) they use after Analogue switch off.
    In the reply from dcms they refer to a submission from the BBC made in April of this year which puts forwrd the case for the need to ensure that the above 3 channels are (like the BBC) available Free to Air on all platforms.
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    However dcms say that no decision has been reached yet by Government!
    Does any one know more about this submission?

    It seems that once again our Government is teetering on the brink before asking Mr Murdoch if he objects to Satelite viewers being able to watch the 5 main channels without having to get de-encryption kit fom SKY and being able to watch the main channels on whatever kit they chose!
     
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    SKY or Mr Murdoch (who only owns around 35%) can not stop ITV, CH4 or Five from choosing to broadcast FTA, all SKY can do is offer a service at a price. While it is cheaper for those commercial channels to use encryption than they will continue to do so, the BBC who do not have the same concerns due to their funding method can claim some sort of moral high ground and use their political influence in an attempt to harm their commercial rivals but lets not believe they are doing it for the license fee payers.

    ITV did threaten to close all analogue transmissions and go totally digital thereby dilluting the power the regulator has over them in regards to being a PSB, bringing in legislation to force commercial channels to be FTA on Dsat is wrong unless they are going to be compensated via the license fee.
     

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