A major report from French media
A major report from French media consultancy NPA Conseil bluntly says that the image quality over ADSL is much lower than that of satellite or cable.
The report states that Orange’s IPTV-based HDTV signals are “stronger” than its rivals on most signals measured, but places cable MSO Numericable and satellite broadcaster CanalSat at the top of its league table (with 4 stars), Digital Terrestrial next in line with three stars, Orange’s ‘LiveBox’ system having 2 stars, and a token one star each for IPTV operators Free, SFR and Neuf Cegetel.
This is pretty much a no-brainer for industry insiders who have long attempted to point out that you cannot – even with advanced digital compression – squeeze a quart into a pint pot!
At present, France’s DTT delivers a minimum of 4 HD channels and a maximum of 5, including a subscription to Canal Plus HD. Cable operator Numericable offers a minimum of 12 HD channels and a maximum of 16, whereas satellite operators offer a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 13 and IPTV operators a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 18.
NPA Conseil’s study is upbeat on the question of HDTV in France, predicting that 45% of French consumers will have ‘HD Ready’ sets by the end of this year, and 78% by the end of 2012, compared with just 30% at the end of 2008.