CA approves new spectrum arrangement for TVB
(31 July 2015) The Communications Authority (CA) has approved an application by Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) to relocate the Pearl channel, currently being transmitted on the Multiple Frequency Network (MFN), to the Single Frequency Network (SFN), thus preventing degradation of picture quality when the existing temporary spectrum assignment of additional 1.5 Mbps capacity in the MFN for the broadcast of Jade and Pearl in HD format expires.
The Pearl channel will continue to be broadcast in HD format. The relocation of Pearl channel to SFN will free up capacity of the MFN for further upgrade of the picture quality of the Jade channel. At the same time, the existing simulcast arrangement on the Jade and HD Jade channels will cease, offering our viewers more choice of programmes.
Also, TVB welcomes CA’s approval for extending the temporary spectrum assignment of additional 1.5 Mbps capacity in the MFN from 30 November 2015 to 1 April 2016 to allow more time to prepare for the relocation of the Pearl channel.