Figures until the end of September 2011 reveal 3.1 million HD televisions and boxes have been sold since the service launched in March 2010. The majority (90%) of Freeview HD devices sold are televisions.
Ilse Howling, Managing Director of Freeview, said: "Breaking through the three million sales barrier is huge achievement for Freeview HD.
"Television remains an incredibly important part of people's lives and Freeview has continued to provide the most-loved programmes in the format people want since Freeview launched in 2002. Our focus now is to ensure we continue to develop and give viewers what they want over the next 10 years, post-switchover and beyond."
Briantist: I don't mean to be rude, and I forgot to mention this before, but try looking in Tesco! - £30 Freeview HD boxes. (Even as low as £15 in the "special offers" periods.
When you include the cost of manpower - nothing can justify a non DVB-T2 box any more, so buying a Freeview HD box even for a non-HD readyanalogue only set is justifiable as there may be a multiplex launched that has only SD channels but uses DVB-T2. (An example of this is the RTE mini multiplex that will launch after DSO in Northern Ireland).
Josh: The point being, however, is that there is a lot of stock in the system that does not have DVB-T2 and you would be saying that they had "zero value" and would have to go to landfill by your proposal.
We have always had a "free market" approach to this kind of thing, allowing the consumer to make their own decisions.
A few questions about SCD in 3D. I am recording SCD 3D in side by side mode in DR mode on a Panasonic Blu-ray recorder DMR-BW880 on the hard drive. Q1:- If I copy onto a blu-ray disc will it play in a Blu-ray 3D player on a 3D tv, will it show as 3D? Q2:- Is is passive or active? Q3:- Will it play from MY Pan. Blu-ray recorder as it is in side by side mode on a 3D TV?
I am puzzled as to why there are so few new small screen (around 19inch) TVs with DVB-T2 tuners. Now that the whole country is within weeks of digitalswitchover completion, this does seem particularly strange. Most people who want a small screen set for a bedroom or study do not want the clutter of a separate Freeview HD box.
Are the manufacturers deciding for us that it isn't worth watching HD on a small screen set? If so, I strongly disagree!
I have a 19inch Panasonic with Freeview HD, its nice, but from over 1 meter away you can tell NO difference between HD or standard, in the bed, where I view it from, I could nevr tell.
I reckon the set has to be at least 26inch before it needs HD.