Freeview HD now available in Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff

According to Freeview themselves, Freeview HD is now available to households in Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff, adding to London and Manchester that were ‘enabled’ at the beginning of the year. With the 3 latest cities, this adds around 4.5 million people who can now enjoy stunning High Definition pictures over the digital terrestrial television network (in other words… a standard tv aerial) free of charge.

All you need to receive Freeview HD is a compatible set-top-box (read our reviews of the Humax Fox-HD T2 – £150 – and the Bush DVB680 – £100 – which are both available to buy now) and an HD Ready television. If you don’t have an HD Ready or Full HD TV, rather than buying a separate TV and set top box, both Panasonic and Sony now have plasma and LCD TV sets with built-in Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners starting from under £600 for a the Sony Bravia KDL37EX403U 37″ LCD TV.

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