What is Freeview HD?

What is Freeview HD?

Freeview HD is the first digital terrestrial television service in the UK. Crucially, it is also a subscription-free service  (providing you pay for a normal TV licence!). The HD channels will be offered alongside the existing standard definition channels that have been available through a standard television aerial for a few years now.

For many, Freeview HD is likely to be the first chance that many people have had to experience HD television on their TVs. HD TVs have been around for a number of years, but unless you have Sky HD or a Blu-Ray DVD player, most people will have been watching the same old standard definition digital TV (Freeview) and DVDs that they could have watched on their old television sets.

Much to the disappointment of everyone who has recently bought a Freeview set-top-box or TV with built-in digital TV tuner, you will need a new Freeview HD receiver to be able to watch the HD channels. As with the introduction of Freeview, at first the only Freeview HD receivers will be in the form of a set-top-box. LCD and Plasma TVs as well as digital hard driver recorders (PVRs) are sure to follow with built in HD capability. You will of course also need a HD Ready or Full HD TV.