26 June 2007

Ofcom launch Sky subscription plan consultation

11:20 - Ofcom have launched a consultation into Sky’s proposal to replace their three Freeview channels with a subscription service on DTT. In a change to their original plan, the broadcaster no longer plans to use the more efficient MPEG-4 system, which would require new set top box purchases. Ofcom expect the consultation’s findings to be published in the Autumn, followed by an official statement early next year. Until then, Sky are obliged to keep their Freeview channels on the air.
13:15 - Sky have hit back at Ofcom, questioning the need for a consultation, confirming that they still plan to launch a four-channel service, and that they have not ruled out using MHEG-4.