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Digital broadcasting: Industry answers
Some of the leading figures in the broadcasting industry have answered your questions about TV and radio in the digital age.

The BBC News website asked for your queries about the way new technology is being used - and the eight sharpest and most pertinent questions were put to the virtual panel.

Click on each question to read the answers. The opinions given are those of the experts concerned, and are not endorsed by the BBC.


As a British expat living abroad (Moscow), will I be able to stream BBC or other British TV to Moscow by the internet and so escape the banal and costly cable TV available here? I believe that many of us would be happy to pay a fee to receive such a service. Thomas Langley, Moscow, Russia

  • Patrick Walker, Google Video

    The great thing about broadband is that it allows content to flow free to you regardless of where you live or where the content originates.

    Rights holders need to take advantage of this and engage more in reaching out to displaced fans like you because you are part of a growing number of people willing to pay for this content and the convenience of easy access.

    Online video from BBC News and UEFA Champions League are now available outside the UK by subscription, for example, but the choice is still limited. For our part, we're working with rights holders worldwide to index a vast catalogue of programming for online use so hopefully your choices will multiply shortly.

  • Simon Spanswick, Association for International Broadcasting:

    Digital access to TV from all over the world is coming, thanks to IPTV - internet protocol TV.

    Programmes will be available from broadcasters for downloading to a hard drive and playing at a time that suits you. Having just travelled to far-flung places and missed some of my favourite programmes on UK TV, I agree there's definitely a market for this type of service.

    Major broadcasters in the UK and abroad are looking at ways to provide it, while dealing with the copyright and territory issues that mean programmes are only currently available in the country where they are being transmitted.

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