Hi-def freeview good to go in 2009

Want to treat your eyes to some hi-def TV, but can’t face handing over a fortune to Sky every month? Well, as of next year, you’ll be able

Ofcom has announced today that four hi-def channels will be available on the free–to–air service in 2009, including the BBC’s effort. ITV, Channel 4, Five and S4C will then get down and dirty to see who gets hold of the other three slots.

Initially, only telly addicts in north–west England will benefit, as they’re the first to have their analogue signals fully switched off.

Because the old signal needs to be dispensed with before HD can make its free debut, the whole of the UK won’t be feeling the hi-def love until 2012.

On top of the wait, punters will also need to shell out on a new set–top box, which we’re guessing won’t be as cheap as the ones currently doing the rounds.

Freesat, launching later this year, will feature HD channels from the Beeb and Sky.

What do you think? Should there be more channels? Will you switch from Sky? Let us know in the comments section.


HD on Freeview

Price: £Free

On sale: 2009

Contact: Ofcom