HIGH DEFINITION FREEVEIW ?

  alan9900 17:06 09 May 2006
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DOSE ANYONE KNOW IF HIGH DEFINITION WILL EVER BE AVAILABLE ON FREE VEIW,WITHOUT ADDING EXTRA BOXES
AS THE SKY OPTIONS SEEMS TOO EXPENSIVE.

  Monument 17:26 09 May 2006

I do not think the current Freeview boxes are HD capable.

Even to receive HD on Sky and Telewest/NTL you have to change the current Digital Box for an HD box.

  alan9900 18:13 09 May 2006

i'll just have to wait untill the prices come down then.would have thought the BBC could do more with all that revenue it collects from us...
give everybody free boxes instead of having to buy them - dream on....

  tasslehoff burrfoot 18:56 09 May 2006

a Humax HD satellite receiver which is £100 cheaper than sky boxes.

This will recieve all free HD channels which will be BBC! (well, you'll get the world cup in HD)

The BBC are trialling HD terrestrial in London, probably too late to volunteer for the trial though

  anskyber 19:16 09 May 2006

You will wait a long time if it does become available. Sure the BBC are trialing for this year a very small number of households in London with terestrial TV, ie freeview. But the crucial bit is the bandwidth required for HDTV. The BBC have a choice of several "ordinary" digital channels or one HD channel. None are realistically available until the digital switchover is made anyway. I'm in the first phase in the UK for 2008 and it will take a veeeery long time to complete it all. Even then the BBC may choose not to broadcast in HD in the early years. If you want it now its Sky or cable for the majority of us.

  anskyber 19:20 09 May 2006

Sorry, and yes you will need a digibox for HDTV if your tv is "HD ready" or not if its an "HDTV"
But beware that the tv should carry the logo "HD Ready" or "HDTV" otherwise you will not get HD tv. Some tvs sold last year were sold as having high definition panels but were not HD Ready or HDTVs.

  anskyber 21:51 14 May 2006

True, but it will not if it does not have the content protection system which will prevent viewing of most broadcasts which are not free to air.

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