Giving It Away

The BBC and ITV are teaming up to launch a free satellite TV service in the UK which will bring digital TV signals to Britons who have thus far not been able to receive them. The service will be a direct rival to paid satellite service BSkyB, which is owned by multinational media company News Corp. As part of the deal, ITV will unencrypt its satellite broadcasts, meaning they will be available free of charge to anyone with a receiver.