Freeview HD: 10 things you need to know

by Dean on March 6, 2010

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Freeview is easily the most successful digital TV technology in the country.

We’re a nation of telly-watchers who generally don’t like to pay a monthly subscription to watch EastEnders. That’s what the BBC license fee is for.

So forget about Sky+ HD, there’s another way to get your high-def kicks without a direct debit. Freeview HD is incoming and here’s all you need to know…

1. Freeview HD is already broadcasting
Freeview HD transmissions were switched on in December 2009. But the availability of the service was limited to the Winter Hill TV transmitters in the North West (covering Preston, Blackburn, Bolton, Manchester and Liverpool) and the Crystal Palace group in London.

2. Up to four HD channels will be available
The initial Freeview HD service carries two channels – BBC HD and ITV1 HD. These will be quickly followed by Channel 4 HD and S4C HD for viewers in Wales. There are also plans to add an HD channel from Five later this year.

The BBC HD and ITV1 HD channels are already available on rival service Freesat, although the ITV content is currently limited to one or two token HD shows per night. When ITV1 HD fully launches on Freeview HD in the Spring, it will take the form of an upscaled simulcast of the standard-def ITV1 channel.

You can read the full article, which talks about when Freeview HD is available, what you can expect to watch and Freeview alternatives on

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