The Independent Television Commission has launched a consultation on plans by the BBC and Crown Castle to change the transmission model of digital terrestrial television (DTT), writes Leigh Holmwood
The BSkyB-backed consortium, which won the old ITV Digital licences in July after beating off competition from four other bids, plans to alter the '16-QAM' transmission mode in order to boost the power of its services.One of the main criticisms of ITV Digital concerned the reception difficulties many people encountered.The move would see a reduction in services on each multiplex, although this has been planned for by the BBC and Crown Castle, which will offer four channels on each of their four multiplexes. ITV Digital offered six.The consultation, which ends on 12 September, aims to canvass views on whether all multiplex operators should use the new standard.The new DTT service, expected to be called Free View, is due to launch in October and will be heralded by a major advertising campaign. It will offer 24 channels, with no pay-TV offering.