Ofcom has published a proposed response to the BBC's application for temporary frequency assignments that would allow them to launch HD services on Multiplex B in areas such as London, earlier than the current region-by-region timetable permits.
At present, viewers in the Granada region should be able to watch HD services on Freeview from late 2009, followed by Wales, Scotland and the West Country in 2010. Viewers in Central, Yorkshire, Anglia and Meridian will be able to receive HD programmes on Freeview in 2011, while London, Tyne Tees and Ulster will get them by 2012.
If Ofcom approve the BBC's request, the broadcaster will be able to launch new multiplex B services in large metro areas in late 2009 and early 2010.
Ofcom have considered the potential use of Channel 31 in London as a case study for frequency assignment in advance of a launch in other cities.
Ofcom's consultation closes on 19 November 2008 and a decision is hoped to be reached in December or early 2009.
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