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Broadcasting: Digital Switchover

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 25 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have received or commissioned a report on the costs of including provision for a return path in the core receiver requirements for the targeted help scheme for digital switchover. [HL6483]

Earlier this year, DCMS commissioned independent research into set-top boxes, including a return path to support bidirectional interactive services. That report did not include an estimate of costs.

However, the technical experts on the department’s Emerging technology group, which keeps the core receiver requirements under review, did arrive at an initial costing for including return-path functionality to provide for broadband capability. We are returning to the issue of the feasibility of including a return path in the switchover help scheme equipment in the context of the Digital Britain project. An interim version of the Digital Britain report will be published in January. The final report will be available in the spring.