Please don't confuse Freeview HD for "Full HD Ready", these are not the same.
Published on by Brian Butterworth on UK Free TV A television set with the "Full HD Ready" marking means that the display is capable of displaying 1080 lines at 24, 25 and 30 frames per second (not using "interlaced" mode). This usually means that the resolution of the screen will be 1920x1080, about 2 megapixels. This is the "Full HD" bit.
It also means that the display device has a suitable digital input, such as HDMI or DVI to provide the pictures to display, this is the "Ready" bit.
I'm on about what I say I'm on about. I usually am. Read through from the top. This process of going from analogue to digital started in 2002 like it says at the top of this website that we're both looking at and it finishes in 2012.
The manufacturers should have been preparing through that time, as should the broadcasters and the people who run the broadcast masts. We're getting very near the end of that process and everything should now be ready for 2012.
The idea of 10 years for changeover is that someone who bought then in 2002 knew that if they bought an analogue they would get 10 years out of it.
Someone buying now will get 1 year out of an analogue (I hope they're not selling them still) and not much longer out of the other stuff. It should all now be 2012 ready.
Someone at the top of this webpage has found it necessary to write an article warning that Freeview Ready does not mean HD ready. He shouldn't have to. They should make it clear in the shop, on the packaging, on the advert that it doesn't mean what they're kidding you it means. Better still they should only be allowed to sell you the proper article.
I'm still waiting for some answers from someone in authority.
Alan : Some people may still want the cheaper alternative TVs if they don't like on screen logos (like myself), as standard FreeviewBBC One / Two / ITV1 / Channel 4 & Film 4 still don't have any. The HD versions do and will. Even E4 is logo free if you watch a widescreen programme on a 4:3 tele in the centre cut format. Also HDTVs are still very expensive.
The process started well before 2002 Alan, with ITV Digital, remember that fiasco crushed by Sky with the little monkey who is now working for PG Tips. 2002 was when the BBC rescued the ITV Digital shrapnel and turned it into Freeview alongside of all bodies SKY !! Hence Sky 3 and Sky News & Sports News being on Freeview. Have no fear all will be ready for the Londoners I'm quite sure in 2012. I'm not sure terrestrialHD was that advanced in 2002 as the government only freed up the MuxB fairly recently after a consultation by the BBC, whose Multiplex it was.
Briantist said :"Stephen Phillips: You should never buy anything until you need it."
I disagree. If we only ever bought things from NEED the economy would grind to a halt.
If you have a car in good condition you do not NEED a new car. But may well WANT one.
And if you have a decent TV - like my Sony Trinitron - you do not NEED a flat wide HD thing. If you really WANT one you will already have bought it. But I am still waiting for sometihng that meets my basic spec of built in digital freeview/HD tuners and built in ability to receive t'Interweb.
The reason I first contacted this site was after I'd tried to find out why in Oxford, within sight of the transmitter, I couldn't get BBC3 and BBC4.
Everyone was telling me to move aerials, buy boosters, do this and do that. They were very reluctant to tell me the reason was that the transmitter was only a ninth the strength it should be.
Then I was told the weak transmitter and the poor signal on BBC3 and BBC4 (and CBBC and CBeebies) was because the multiplex people had decreed that these BBC channels were not important enough to get a decent signal. They were quite happy to provide a signal for Dutch Auction TV and Buy More Crap TV but not the ones people wanted to watch. After all, the adverts for Freeview are all based on you being able to get the extra BBC channels. That's what people want. Now you're telling me multiplex belongs to the BBC and they deliberately set it so you can't see BBC. What's going on?
How many more times do I have to say I want to speak to someone in authority?
Ring BBC or Digital UK then you annoying so & so !! but don't expect miracles from 03700 100222 !!! at least its free now, oh and take a chill pill while you're at it. It is Saturday what do you expect, Brian and Jordy are pobably watching Casualty on HD :-)
Nedbod- DTT transmissions started in 1998 via On-Digital. This was rebranded in 2001 to ITV Digital.
In regards to other posts, Freeview HD is optional, not compulsary. You do not need to buy a TV with 'HD freeview' built in. You will still be able to watch SDTV for many years to come (until all MUXs transmit HD)
I don't know where you are getting some of your strange ideas from. If you are that close to the transmitter, you are getting a weak signal either because the transmitter owner is carrying out work (check on the website above) or your equipment / aerial / downlead is no good. OK !!
I have a Humax HD box and happily receive BBC HD on a 4 digit channel. It happens to be Ch 5022 whist Sky is 5001- after deleting channels I have no interest in- after downloading.
I wonder if, before I interfere with my well organised 15 channel and have to delete the hundreds I dont want you might know if SKYnews HD and ITV HD are there for me to access.
I have just seen your site for coverage from Wenvoe and it includes our TA24 8xx village. I will happily go and buy a Wenvoe Aerial to watch more than the bare minimum we have been assigned. Do the new tv waves really go over high hills as the map shows?? It seems awful that we pay the same as everyone for a license but get about 20 channels. The taking the mickey bit is that there IS capacity on our relay for more channels BUT they are denied to us so someone can flog them to someone for something other than BROADCASTING which was what the Aerial Array was bought for in the first place. Is that sick or worse??