Re: "Other countries are bounding ahead"
My understanding from the article was that:
- the government would provide funding for services that benefited the whole of the country (examples given of news and children's TV but not necessarily limited to that)
- further services would then need to be provided by a subscription service
- the current DVB-T hardware does not have uniform hardware support for hardware necessary to support a subscription model
- DVB-T2/HEVC is a EU standard and moving to this would allow the introduction of hardware to support subscriptions as a standard in addition to supporting 4K
Personally I believe the BBC needs to change and has needed to for some time - not so much through the current, apparent political conflict but more due to the changing nature of their audience and competing services.
Younger audiences (16-24) watch significantly less TV content than older audiences across all UK channels and have been for some time as this is beginning to affect the older demographics as well (i.e. 25-34).
Combined with BT/Sky's competition of new series and sporting events, the BBC stands to become left behind unless the change how they deliver and charge for their content.