The BBC began DVB-T2 test transmissions June 27 from a transmitter in southwest London as part of its preparations for terrestrial broadcast of HDTV via Freeview.
National Grid Wireless and Arqiva are supplying the transmission facilities as part of their support for the DVB standardization process and the UK project for the launch of DVB-T2 services.
The BBC’s DVB-T2 transmission will be the first time signals compliant with the newly approved standard have been broadcast. DVB-T2 is the next-generation digital terrestrial transmission standard for new HDTV services on Freeview.
The launch of HDTV services on Freeview in the UK is planned for the end of 2009. Currently, Freeview relies on the DVB-T standard, which is more than 10 years old.
DVB-T2 can provide more capacity, which is necessary for HDTV services to be launched on Freeview.