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All posts by Frank Woodcock

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S4C and Welsh Exceptionalism?
Saturday 20 February 2016 12:38PM

The long term answer has to be increasing availability of ultra HD video streaming that requires more bandwidth than currently available to avoid local downloading contention.

I live in the Rhondda and have tested tethered mobile phone streaming to my wireless TV and download speeds were over 18Mbs. This compares to 22Mbs from my landline that is connected by 200 metres of copper wire straddling pine poles across the valley to a fibre enabled landline street cabinet.

Local mobile phone mast structures could be switched over from the expensive TV transmitters to increase bandwidth (like the digital switch over from analogue TV). This when added to landline fibre will provide enough coverage.

I rarely use Freesat to watch HD TV as my TV is wireless and links to my broadband and scts seamlessly with my PC.

I have watched the "Astra Ultra HD test" non-freesat channel 0700 on my Sony 4K Android TV and the picture is stunning, far beyond HD.

I urge the UK providers to amend policies to allow pilot 4K trials of sports events like snooker and tennis that would benefit higher resolution. This would massively increase demand and create more jobs in the industry, something the Government should applaud.

The demand for eye correction would also increase and this would help reduce the number or car accidents caused by poor vision. We need to think outside of the box!

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