HD For All

8 02 2007

Right now, HDTV’s are the hot item at electronic shops all over the country. There are the few that think when they plug it in their existing crapston antenna will give them an HD signal (duh). Then there are those few who have Sky HD or Telewests TV drive and are going to take advantage of that crystal clear goodness straight away.

But the vast majority know that it is a purchase for the future, and that one day HD quality pictures will be available to everybody across the country for zero pounds and zero pence. Well not if OfCom have their way. they recently announced that instead of giving the spectrum left over from the analogue switch off to the incumbent broadcasters to broadcast HD signals over freeview, they will be holding an auction to squeeze money out of every last airwave.

The most likely outcome of this is that mobile phone operators will win the auction with their deep pockets, and the price of video calls will come down by a penny. Thats it. BBC and ITV cannot go toe-to-toe with Vodafone and T-Mobile.

So all the UK networks, some manufacturers and some retailers have come together to start a campaign called “HD For All” which aims to lobby OfCom and the government to stop this foolish money making auction scam, and just give the spectrum to BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and five, like most other governments with brains are doing. They deserve it. The people deserve it. No mobile phone manufacturer needs more bandwidth, they don’t know what they are doing with it. By 2012, everyone will be using Wi-Fi, Wimax, Wibro or something with an equally silly name. Problem solved.

If people stand by in a typically english way and let this happen, then this country’s TV industry will fall behind technologically as far as they have done with with programming. Click here to sign up.




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