Protection of HD + UHD signals
TV channels encode expensive HD and UHD signals in order to protect their programmes. TV distributors take over such programmes without the permission of the broadcaster, justifying their actions by claiming that the programme is already available free-to-air in SD quality, or via cable networks of other providers. The encoding therefore loses any protective character with the consequence that the TV distributors do not pay anything for the expensive processing of the HD and UHD signals and the TV broadcasters remain empty-handed.
HD and UHD programmes are important for the business model of the private TV channels – it has to be protected if free TV is to be preserved.
TV broadcasters need their HD and UHD programmes to enjoy protection which is embedded in the law in order for free TV to survive.