Now you see HD, now you don't

Shock news: 98 per cent of people who took part in the London-wide HD-over-Freeview trial loved watching baby penguins in hi-def on Planet Earth (pict

Shock news: 98 per cent of people who took part in the London-wide HD-over-Freeview trial loved watching baby penguins in hi-def on Planet Earth (pictured) while the rest of us made do with lowly standard res.And now that the HD-loving guinea pigs have had a taste, they're expecting more - 'within three years, please' say 86% of them. Not going to be easy to explain, then, that the next time they see HD through their aerial could be as late as 2012.That's nicely in time for the London Olympics, we note, but still alarmingly far off. On the bright side it could be as early as 2008, the first likely date that the required broadcast bandwidth will become available following the impending analogue switch-off.But for now it looks like the 450 Londoners who took part in the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five trail are just going to have to bite the bullet - and get Sky or Telewest instead.

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