Why no PDC on Freeview.


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Why has no one developed PDC (program delivery control) for Freeview ?
Seems daft when we have had it on analogue channels for some years now.(Even if it's unreliable late at night on the Beeb ! )


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According to BBC Reception Advice, the PDC feature seen in many modern video recorders will not function on digital television. However, according to the ITC it may be possible that the EPGs (Electronic Programme Guides) for digital will feature a "reminder" service to tell you a programme is about to start as well as some way of automatically video-taping programmes you select.

Contrary to what the BBC says, Five (but sadly no longer Channel 4) are broadcasting a teletext stream on digital satellite that includes a working PDC service. Viewers with SkyDigital boxes may therefore be able to use PDC on the digital version of Five.

When Digital Terrestrial launched, the equipment wasn't designed to decode traditional teletext services. The idea was to replace teletext with enhanced digital text services. Hence if you are recording from an iDTV or ONdigital/FreeView set-top box, you won't be able to use PDC.

With digital cable, the availability of PDC will depend on whether the channel carries the full teletext stream (as with SkyDigital).

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