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Freeview HD

 

What is Freeview HD?


Freeview HD is a subscription free, High Definition television service that works via your existing digital aerial. If you already have an aerial that works fine with conventional Freeview TV, this will suffice with Freeview HD - no new aerial or ugly satellite dish required! From launch there will be two HD channels with extra ones being added later. Most major cities are already able to receive Freeview HD with the entire country being covered by 2012 - hopefully in time for the UK Olympics!
HD channels not only gives you a picture that has around five times more detail but also quality, Dolby Digital Plus sound quality, too.

 

More about the picture


Freeview HD uses the latest DVB-T2 transmission technology for high bandwidth sound and vision. With Freeview HD you’ll enjoy 1080i or 720p High Definition output. This is exactly the same resolution as Sky HD, freesat HD and other HD media services (but lower than the 1080p obtainable from Blu-ray). All HD televisions will benefit from Freeview HD with the benefits as follows.

* 1080i or 720p resolution for up to five times more detail
* Perception of greater image depth
* Digital transmission via HDMI guarantees the sharpest picture quality

 

More about the sound


Many HD programs are broadcast in 5.1 surround sound. Using the latest Dolby Digital Plus technology, Freeview HD receivers are able to send a digital audio output to a suitably equipped home cinema receiver. The benefits of Dolby Digital Plus over standard Dolby Digital include;

* High powered processors deliver superior audio quality for a more involving, accurate surround sound experience
* With suitable equipment, the sound can be phased in to 7.1 channels for even greater audio immersion
* The full dynamic range of HD broadcasts can be fully realised

 

Coverage


Many UK cities can already receive Freeview HD and the aim is to have 98.5% of the population covered by the end of 2012. 50% of the population should be able to receive Freeview HD by the time of the 2010 Football World Cup. A full breakdown of coverage follows below (information courtesy of the BBC)

England

Area - transmitter group - date

Manchester, Winter Hill, 2 December 2009
London, Crystal Palace, 2 December 2009 – advance network
Newcastle and Tyneside, Pontop Pike, February 2010 – advance network
Leeds/Bradford, Emley Moor, March 2010 – advance network
Birmingham, Lichfield, March 2010 – advance network
Liverpool, central Lancashire, Cheshire, north Staffordshire, Winter Hill relays, March 2010 – retrofit
Exeter, parts of Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Stockland Hill, April 2010 – retrofit
Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Mendip, April 2010
Devon, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly, Beacon Hill, Caradon Hill, Huntshaw Cross, Redruth August 2010 – retrofit
Cumbria and the Lake District, Caldbeck, October 2010 – retrofit

Then Freeview HD rolls out with the rest of the switchover programme, so:

2011 – Bedfordshire, Berkshire (parts), Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia, East Midlands, East Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire (parts), Stoke-on-Trent, West Midlands (remainder), and West Yorkshire (remainder).

2012 – Berkshire (remainder), County Durham, Greater London (remainder), Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Teesside, Tyneside.

Wales

Cardiff, Newport, Wenvoe, March 2010
Swansea, Kilvey Hill, March 2010 – retrofit
West and central Wales, Blaenplwyf, March 2010
Carmarthenshire, Carmel, April 2010 – retrofit
Rest of Wales, Long Mountain, Moel y Parc, Presely mid-June 2010 – retrofit
Anglesey, Llanddona, July 2010 – retrofit

Wales will have switched over to digital and the roll-out of Freeview HD will be complete by the end of July 2010.

Scotland

Glasgow, central Scotland, Black Hill, February 2010 – advance network
Shetland, Bressay, May 2010
Orkney, Keelylang Hill, May 2010
Caithness, North Sutherland, Rumster Forest, mid-June 2010
Lewis, Wester Ross, North West Sutherland, Western Isles, Eitshal Skriaig, July 2010
Angus, Dundee, Perth, and parts of Fife, Angus, August 2010
Aberdeenshire, Durris, September 2010
Morayshire, Strathspey, and parts of Easter Ross, Knockmore, October 2010
South West Scotland, Caldbeck Scotland, October 2010
Inverness and the Great Glen, Rosemarkie, October 2010
South West Highlands and Islands, Torosay, October 2010
Scottish Borders, Selkirk, November 2010 – retrofit

Then Freeview HD rolls out with the rest of the switchover programme so that the whole of Scotland is switched over to digital and will be able to receive Freeview HD by the end of Q2, 2011.

Northern Ireland

Freeview HD rolls out with the rest of the switchover programme so that the whole of Northern Ireland is switched over to digital and will be able to receive Freeview HD by the end of 2012.

Other areas

Isle of Man, Douglas, October 2010 – retrofit
Channel Islands, Fremont Point, end 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Channels


At launch there are two HD TV channels; BBC HD and ITV HD. In addition to these more are following soon. Channel 4 HD is already available on the Sky platform and will transfer to Freeview HD during 2010.
As well as the HD channels, you’ll still be able to receive the existing SD (Standard Definition) Freeview TV and radio channels.

 

What you'll need for full Freeview HD viewing


* A Freeview HD TV set, or
* An HD Ready TV AND a separate Freeview HD set-top box
* HDMI lead to connect the above
* Freeview compatible aerial

Visit any one of our 52 stores nationwide if you have any further queries on audio visual, flat screen TV or Freeview HD. As always, Richer Sounds aims to bring you the newest technology as it’s released– keep checking www.richersounds.com for Freeview HD deals.

 
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