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    FreeHD Service

    Canadian bid for FreeHD service




    Veteran Canadian satellite TV exec David Lewis is looking to launch FreeHD Canada, a high definition satellite TV service to remove obstacles to Canada's digital TV transition.

    Lewis has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to offer from early 2011 around 100 local TV channels in HD for free and a further 150 Canadian and foreign cable and pay channels, also in HD.

    FreeHD aims to ease distribution bottlenecks in the Canadian market as existing cable and satellite TV services remain hard-pressed to pay for increased bandwith required as Canada prepares for its August 2011 transition from analog to digital TV.

    If successful, the digital satellite TV service intends to launch from scratch, and use new technologies, including MPEG 4 compression, to provide much-needed HD bandwith for the Canadian market.

    Canada has lagged behind the U.S. market by a year or two in its digital transition, but an urgent need for costly upgrades by existing broadcasters, cable operators and other content carriers has delayed Canada's mandated end to analog over-the-air broadcasts.

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    If we can get all local channels from Canada uncompressed, I would put my full support for this instead of OTA. Good luck to them and it's nice to see a new competitor to to *C and Expressvu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emarsee View Post
    If we can get all local channels from Canada uncompressed, I would put my full support for this instead of OTA. Good luck to them and it's nice to see a new competitor to to *C and Expressvu.
    yes in deed. does he plan to provide on demand service such has on demand channels also? that could be nice.

    If it become a reality, i am the first to go on his website and used the service because with bell tv, no offert at all for old clients.....

 

 

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