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New Zealand Freeview to use MHEG-5 for digital television

New Zealand is to adopt the same interactive standard for its forthcoming FreeView service as that used on digital terrestrial television in the United Kingdom. It will be the first full-scale deployment of the MHEG-5 standard outside the UK.

FreeView, a consortium of free-to-air broadcasters in New Zealand, plans to launch its satellite service in 2007, followed by a digital terrestrial television platform, both using MHEG-5 in conjunction with DVB-S and DVB-T transmission standards respectively.

Unlike Freeview in the UK, where the current digital terrestrial television platform was developed without a uniform electronic programme guide, FreeView in New Zealand will have a guide with a consistent appearance and behaviour on all certified receivers and set-top boxes....

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The main attraction of MHEG-5 is that it has minimal hardware requirements and is a freely available ISO open standard. Its successor, MHP, the Multimedia Home Platform - the basis of OCAP which is being developed in the United States - has more demanding hardware requirements and is subject to royalty requirements.

An initiative known as IMPALA, the International MHEG Promotion Alliance, has been founded by S&T, Cabot Communications and EchoStar Europe, which owns Eldon Technology, to promote the deployment of MHEG-5 interactive services in international markets.

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( The entire article is at the following source: http://informitv.com/articles/2006/10/27/newzealandfreeview/ )
 
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