BBC PREPARED FOR DIGITAL SWITCHOVER.
BBC PREPARED FOR DIGITAL SWITCHOVER 13th September 2008.
The BBC has commissioned a complete replacement of the coding and multiplexing equipment that generates its digital TV signals, for digital satellite as well as Freeview. The existing equipment varies from about five to ten years old, and a better arrangement is now possible that provides a more resilient, capacity efficient and easily managed service across the u.k.
The new system is needed to face the challenges of digital switchover where an analogue signal will soon no longer be available as a back up.
The detailed design and implementation of the new system is being undertaken by the BBC's technology parter Siemens and a large number of their subcontractors.
The system will enter service with the digital switchover of the Selkirk transmitter in November 2008 with full migration of all the coding and multiplexing facilities to be completed in the summer of 2009.
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