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Freesat have released a statement about Freeview HD

Freesat have released a statement about Freeview HD
published on UK Free TV

Freesat, commenting on today's Ofcom announcement that it has awarded two licences for HD channels on Freeview from 2010, Freesat would like you to note that:

  • Roll out of Freeview HD channels will be linked to digital switchover, currently taking place in the UK which means that HD will only become available in the UK on a region by region basis from launch until 2012
  • In order to view HD channels on Freeview, consumers will need to replace their existing Freeview receiving equipment (either a set top box or a television with a Freeview receiver built in) by purchasing entirely new equipment
  • Freeview coverage in the UK currently stands at 73%. Even after digital switchover there will still be a proportion of UK households which will not be able to view Freeview and it's HD channels whilst Freesat reaches 98% of UK homes now
Freesat adds, "With Freesat, subscription free high definition (HD) is already a reality for the UK. We believe our no strings offer of over 130 channels plus great HD programmes from the BBC and ITV, for a one off payment of as little as 120, is leading the way in making HD the standard that viewers will come to expect in the future."

"Due to the way we broadcast our service, via satellite rather than traditional aerial, HD is available now to 98% of UK homes via Freesat. Freesat homes don't have to wait until Digital Switchover reaches their region to get HD for free which for large parts of the country is still over three years off."

And they didn't mention that Freeview HD is limited to 720-line services (2.5 times SD in terms of pixels), whereas Freesat is already 1080-line (5 times SD's pixels).

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Comments
Monday, 14 November 2011
Les Nicol
sentiment_satisfiedGold

2:51 PM

Jan - I should have pointed out that the 320GB Humax HDR doesn't have to be motorised it's simply an additional feature - it can be utilised or not. Doesn't feature at all used with a static dish nor make the receivers normal operation in any way more complex.

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
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john
12:58 PM

can i use a freeview tv with a freesat box

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john's 2 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:02 PM

john: Of course, connect it using an HDMI or SCART cable to the set.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 5 March 2012
Josh
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:58 PM

Freeview HD is 1080 line as well, so the statement about it being limited to 720 line is incorrect.

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Josh's 97 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:00 PM

Josh: It was when it was written, "Published on 17th October 2008".

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Friday, 6 April 2012
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alan
9:32 AM

cant get freesat on samsung d8000 plasma. Set has built in freesat but when tuning says it is searching fir information, and then cannot fiind it

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alan's 1 post GB
Monday, 9 April 2012
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:52 PM

alan: You will, of course, need to connect the set to a working satellite dish...

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Thursday, 17 May 2012
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Andrew Lees
10:59 AM

I have a Panasonic tv with freesat. I would like now to purchase a Panasonic DMR-EX99VEBK VHS/DVD RECORDER with FREEVIEW. My question is will it work?

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:02 AM

Andrew Lees: Yes but you will obviously need a terrestrial aerial for the Freeview receiver; the satellite dish won't work for it.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Sunday, 22 July 2012
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MikeT
8:57 PM
Lasswade

Here on the south side of Edinburgh we sometimes have no Freesat signal for the Scottish channels, yet at the same time we can pick up usable signals from BBC1, etc in Northern Ireland, York and the West Midlands. Can anyone explain why?

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