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Free TV and Broadcast Australia — a BAI Communications Company —  in partnership with ABC, SBS and TXA, a company that provides television transmission for broadcasters, have successfully completed the first phase of next-generation television laboratory trials.

The three companies say the success of the trials bring the next generation of TV one step closer to Australians.

This trial is claimed as a world first for 7 Megahertz very high frequency transmissions with off-air fed ultra high frequency repeater sites operating in a single frequency network using multiple physical layer pipes.

The laboratory trials were conducted on Broadcast Australia’s premises in Chatswood to successfully demonstrate the performance of the technology in a controlled setting.

The companies say DVB-T2 technology is one of the potential replacement technologies for the existing DVB-T standard for digital terrestrial television delivery.

They also say that when combined with new compression technologies, DVB-T2 has the ability to deliver 4K TV reception — providing viewers with picture quality four times better than the current high definition standard — as well as greater programming flexibility for free-to-air broadcasters.

Field trials have now commenced across the Gore Hill, Kings Cross and North Head transmission sites in Sydney, and will assess the performance of next generation DVB-T2 technologies in the Australian environment.

The companies say the trial will help demonstrate the viability and suitability of the technology in unlocking the next evolution of terrestrial free-to-air television for the 99% of the Australian population it services.

Broadcast Australia has been working with equipment manufacturers for the trial, including Rohde & Schwarz, ENENSYS, TestTree, TeamCast, Ericsson Media Solutions, TRedess and NEC, to demonstrate the compatibility of their equipment with the DVB-T2 configurations suitable for use in Australia and interoperability of equipment from multiple vendors.  

“We are extremely pleased with success of the DVB-T2 laboratory trial and very excited to be at the forefront of global innovation with the ongoing field trial we have commenced,” said Broadcast Australia’s chief technology officer Stephen Farrugia.

“These trials would not have been possible without the support of the equipment manufacturers, Free TV, ABC and SBS. We’re very appreciative of their support in this important step in the evolution of broadcast and eager to work alongside them in continuing to define and demonstrate the future potential of broadcasting through DVB-T2.”

Bridget Fair, chief executive of Free TV, said the trial was pioneering the way for the future evolution of the company’s digital terrestrial television platform.

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