I’m so excited! Soon I’ll be watching all my favourite BBC programmes in glorious high definition, now that the BBC’s finally allowed to have its own HD channel.So the corporation’s notoriously strict standards committee, aka The Trust, has given it the go-ahead. About bloomin’ time.I know. I’m going to watch Bottom, Only Fools and Horses and Doctor Who all in high-def!Try Bleak House, Torchwood and Hammond’s Heroes. Over and over. Anyway, it wont be out until at least March 2008, on Freesat.Freesat? I’ve heard of that. It’s from Sky, isn’t it?No, that’s Freesat from Sky. The utterly separate terrestrial Freesat is a new attempt at a satellite TV service run by the main terrestrial channels in the UK. Ideal for broadcasting HD something you just can’t do on digital.It’s free though, right?Not necessarily. After a £100 to £150 initial payout, after that though we’re being promised no subscription costs. Think of it as the second tier of Freeview. The posh telly club, if you will. But, then, Sky is claiming the same thing with its Freesat. How about ending on a bus-type metaphor?OK. You wait all year for a free HD service then two come along at once.EssentialsFreesatPrice: £150 (aprox)On sale: March 2008Contact: BBCRelated stories:News: BBC and ITV team up for FreesatNews: Is Freesat the answer?
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I’m so excited! Soon I’ll be watching all my favourite BBC programmes in glorious high definition, now that the BBC’s finally allowe