The exciting launch of Disney Plus in the UK in March 2020 was sadly hampered by the widespread reduction in bit rates among streamed TV providers requested by the European Commissioner Thierry Breton due to the coronavirus pandemic. This resulted in 4k content not being delivered in true 3840 x 2160 resolution and the removal of high-quality Dolby Atmos soundtracks, as reported in our article Review of Disney Plus in the UK: Shame About the Picture and Sound Quality. The great […] . Click here to read the full article.
Updated May 2020: ‘Fibre broadband’, or Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) as it is more formally known, is the technology that delivers the vast majority of superfast broadband connections in the UK currently. Often, the term ‘VDSL2’ is also used. The technology has two major weaknesses – by using the copper wires between you and the street cabinet, speeds diminish the further you are located from the street cabinet and the the technology is sensitive to a certain type of interference called ‘crosstalk’. This […] . Click here to read the full article.
Apple launched its new TV streaming service in the UK on 1st November 2019, to compete with rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Pricing is certainly aggressive. Apple TV+ currently costs £4.99 per month although there is a cheaper way to subscribe for buyers of Apple products. Apple offers a year-long trial for buying a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac. Up to six family members can share an Apple TV+ subscription. Streaming of video content using broadband is […] . Click here to read the full article.
Update (May 2020): The BBC has temporarily stopped its 4k iPlayer trial due to the coronavirus pandemic (to reduce strain on broadband networks). What a pleasure it was this Christmas and New Year period being able to watch the complete series of ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ and ‘Dracula’ on BBC iPlayer in Ultra HD 4k quality. They looked absolutely amazing. Once you see the incredible detail, colour volume and dramatic specular highlights delivered by Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range […] . Click here to read the full article.
We enjoyed a fantastic Christmas period making the most of the large amount of Ultra HD 4k content that is now available across the streaming platforms in the UK, including ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ from the BBC (shown above). High-speed broadband has been making a dramatic impact on television production and consumption. It is allowing a broader range of content to be delivered ‘on demand’ via streaming services, often with better picture and sound quality than conventional terrestrial TV broadcasts. In […] . Click here to read the full article.
In its 2018 Connected Nations report, Ofcom found that “people do not always sign up to faster broadband packages when they are available”. Although at the time 94% of premises had access to superfast broadband packages (30 Mbps+), only 45% had signed up to them. Ofcom stated, “People should be given the choice to sign up to a fast broadband service but may not choose to do so for different reasons, for example where the slower service is sufficient for […] . Click here to read the full article.
Vectoring has just been switched on on my street cabinet and, in this blog, I discuss the substantial speed increase that has been achieved. I also show you how you can determine whether vectoring has been enabled on your own fibre broadband connection. Back in July 2014, I wrote an article entitled Early Deployment of Vectoring is Essential to Avoid a Crosstalk Crisis with FTTC Fibre Broadband. In my village, as the penetration of fibre broadband increased, speeds for many […] . Click here to read the full article.
Update: Sadly, BT has stopped trials of LR-VDSL as the technology has not proved as effective as it originally hoped. A major weakness of the Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology that BT is currently deploying for superfast broadband is that speeds are dependent upon the distance of the copper cable that runs between the street cabinet and business premises and homes. The FTTC technology currently used by BT is called VDSL2. Premises situated within a few hundred metres of a street […] . Click here to read the full article.
Reflecting the availability of a new (so called “55/10”) VDSL2 speed profile on BT’s fibre broadband network, BT has increased the maximum download throughput offered on its BT Infinity service to about 52 Mbps. Prior to the change, the BT Infinity 1 offering was based upon the standard “40/10” service provided by BT Openreach. This has a maximum downlink connection speed of 40 Mbps (equating to a throughput of about 38 Mbps). In January 2016, BT Openreach introduced a new […] . Click here to read the full article.
Read our latest article: Superfast Broadband Fuels Streamed Video-on-Demand Services (Jan 2020) In this blog, we look at the delivery of TV services, including the very latest Ultra HD (sometimes termed ‘4k’) services from Netflix, Amazon and BT. Superfast broadband brings consumers the opportunity of enhancing TV delivered by traditional satellite (e.g. Sky HD and Freesat) and terrestrial broadcasting (e.g. Freeview). Broadband delivery of content also provides consumers with an alternative way of getting TV and video content from companies […] . Click here to read the full article.