The BBC has announced it plans to launch five new high definition channels by early 2014.There will be HD versions of BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC.
I can just imagine the BBC-hostile press splashing headlines like 'millions of nearly new set-top boxes to be made obsolete by BBC!' It was bad enough when the 2008 NIT update meant that boxes using the Set-Pal chip just stopped working. There was uproar in the press as boxes at least 5 years old would have to be scrapped and replaced with DVB-T compliant models that were by then available for less than £20.
It appears that the grant of spectrum space for these channels is subject to review at the end of 2018, when Ofcom reserves the right to reallocate the channels if seen necessary. You can read all the gory details if you wish at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/600mhz-award/statement/600_MHz_Statement.pdf - be warned, it's a long document! . Interestingly, that document also shows a definite willingness to promote the use of DVB-T2
Thanks for the link, interesting document, (I really must get out more!).
.............or will they put on unique programming to encourage take-up of T2 STBs?
Crikey - sounds like you must have read it in more detail than I did..... :-)