TV should switch to internet, UK peers suggest
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 31/07/2012 14:32
The switch to digital television may be only the beginning, as a Lords committee says that all TV should be broadcast via the internet, leaving the airwaves free for mobile phones
The switch to digital television is only just complete, but UK households could be forced to adjust their sets again with a parliamentary inquiry now forecasting a second wave of switchover, this time from the airwaves to the internet.
The government should draw up plans to have every channel, including those from the BBC, broadcast over the internet, freeing up the spectrum for other uses such as mobile phones, the House of Lords suggested on Tuesday.
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ISP service obligations will be needed when TV shares networks, say Lords
ISPs may be forced to provide the public with a minimum standard of service if broadcast services are delivered via the internet and no longer over the airwaves as seems will "eventually" be "overwhelmingly" the case, a Parliamentary committee has said.
In a report into the Government's broadband strategy the Lords Select Committee said that it is not currently "appropriate" to require ISPs to provide specific speeds of broadband connection and minimum service levels, but that the case for a 'universal services obligation' (USO) to be introduced may be "stronger" in the future. This is because of the likelihood of more TV services being delivered through broadband rather than through traditional spectrum, it said.