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BBC HD. All the programmes on this channel are in high definition, and comprises of simulcasts of BBC TWO, BBC three and BBC FOUR shows, narrative repeats of these shows (rebroadcast within the first week of showing on a main channel) plus some high definition BBC classics.
BBC One HD. This channel shows high definition versions of most programmes on BBC One, with a commitment to move towards 100% high definition output over the coming years.
ITV1 HD (or STV1 HD or UTV1 HD). As with BBC One HD, this is a high definition version of the most popular commercial channel.
Plus one of:
Channel 4 HD. Again, a simulcast of the main Channel 4 channel in high definition, but again where available, and not in Wales.
Clirlun (S4C HD). In Wales, a high definition version of the Welsh language channel S4C.
Christmas Day EastEnders will mark the first broadcast of the BBC soap in high definition.
Better pictures for sport
One of the main improvements in high definition is the ability to provide much better motion for sport compared to standarddigital television.
Clearer pictures for documentaries and drama
Many of the most popular high definition shows are documentaries and drama where the clarity of the picture gives a distinct edge to the viewing experience.
As movies have always been created on 35mm film (rather than videotape), this means that any movie created since the 1920s can be shown in high definition.
All existing Freeview services
In addition, you also get all of the existing Freeview channels.
Better overlap handling
Another benefit of Freeview HD boxes is that they deal much better than standard boxes when you live in an area served by more than one transmitter. These boxes now prompt you to select your BBC and ITV region, older boxes just guess.
A high definition television set. Any set with "HD Ready" or "Full HD Ready" markings will work. A limited number of very old high definition sets may not have these markings, so you may have to check for the presence of an HDMI input socket.
Your EXISTING aerial connection. A rooftop aerial is already required for reliable Freeview reception, so as long as normal Freeview (or Freeview light) is being received, Freeview HD will normally work (see coverage below, however). YOU DO NOT NEED A NEW AERIAL TO USE FREEVIEW HD.
An HDMI cable. This will normally come with the box, but if you are hoping to install the set-top box on Christmas Day you might want to ensure that the cable is there. Remember that, as HDMI is a balanced high-speed digital connection, there is no benefit paying more than a few pounds for a cable as screening (or gold connectors) will made no difference whatsoever to the quality of picture transferred. As with most digital components, it will work - or not.
Recording and live pausing with Freeview+HD
As well as the basic Freeview HD boxes, you can also purchase Freeview+HD boxes, which contain a hard disk drive (as found in computers) and two digital tuners.
This allows, much like the popular Sky+ and Freeview+ boxes you to:
Record a whole series of a show with a single button press
Record one show whilst watching another one live
Record two shows while you watch a recording from the drive.
Set a show to record by pressing a button when you see a trailer for it.
Freeview record/play/pause devices DO NOT require a special aerial to work.
Where will it work?
It will definitely work in any region that has switched off the analogue signals and replaced them with digital only, which is:
Hi, re post on 13th, hubby did as you suggested. The retune didn't find HD. An engineer who visited just after my last post couldn't sort it or explain it either. I have found out that she had HD channels until she had a message on the TV telling her to retune and then it lost it. What do you suggest now?
We have just endured the switchover in Scarborough,oh so easy to retune your HD/Freeview TV!!Yes it is simple,but if you do not have a DVB-T2 tuner in your TV then no HD signal is available,great,what a con.I bet there will be a lot of very annoyed people out their who are suffering the same problem.
Gordon Nicol Friday 16 September 2011 11:16AM Chalfont St. Giles
I live at HP8 4BS and have received all the freview channels including CH 31 HD. Suddenly after 9 months of viewing CH 31 and all its HD channels, they have disappeared. I cannot retune CH 31 as it does not exist. All the other Freeview channels work fine. Can you help please.
jean bremner: When you refer to connecting to a Sky boxes connector, are you meaning the inputs from the dish to the box? as the only device you can connect these into is a standardFreesat recorder, which if of the standard twin tuner type requires two inputs from the dish for satisfactory operation, this enabling one channel to be recorded whilst another is being viewed.
Paul Camp Tuesday 20 December 2011 2:48PM Potters Bar
I can receive all the Freeview Chanels perfectly Through my Digitalstream HD Receiver/Recorder
But the HD Chanels on 31 just show as not available, I was receiving them a month ago?.I presume I have the same problem as Gordon Nichol in Chalfont St Giles I am at en6 4at Cuffley Herts?
Richard Norris Wednesday 28 December 2011 1:18PM Manchester
I have just bought a new LED TV with a FreeviewHD tuner built in (Samsung UE37D5520RK) and I can't get any of the HD channels, although I do get all of the normal Freeview channels OK. I have a DVD recorder box (Sony RDR-HXD995) with Freeview (but not Freeview HD), so the aerial goes into the recorder and from the recorder to the TV. The TV and recorder are connected by an HDMI cable. I live in central Manchester (M15 4AY) and I have an aerial in the loft (I live on the top floor of a block of flats but the aerial is in my loft).
I am assuming my signal comes from Winter Hill (aerial appears to point in that direction) and according to information elsewhere on this site, the HD channels appear to be on Ch54. However, when I try and do a manual tune on my TV it doesn't allow me to manually tune Ch54 (only Channels 55 -62).
Any suggestions? Could it be that my DVD recorder doesn't have Freeview HD?
Hi, I purchased Humax HDR-FOX T2 yesterday, but I am unable to receive any of the HD channels. I am in Feltham and I tried to manually retune on C31 with DVB-T2. All of the other Freeview channels work fine. Is the signal from the CrystalPalace transmitter not strong enough here? Or am I doing something wrong?