BBC previews its first digital TV services with World Cup showcase

BBC previews its first digital TV services with World Cup showcase
Melanie Reynolds
The first public broadcasts of digital terrestrial TV are being conducted by the BBC at several locations around the country. “This is a preview service until the real thing starts in earnest,” said a BBC spokesman.
Three companies, Hitachi, Philips and Sony, are involved in the trials. Hitachi is showing live coverage of selected World Cup games in 16:9 widescreen format on its video wall at the Trocadero, London. Philips’ installations are at Heathrow’s Terminals One and Two, while Sony will be showing digital broadcasts at the South of England, Three Counties and Royal Highland shows this month. “The screenings demonstrate widescreen at its best,” said Mike Gleave, BBC technical advisor.
The terrestrial digital TV signal is being transmitted from Crystal Palace, which is being fed by a satellite link.


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