Telewest high def sweeps the UK

Reserve a spot on your sofa for a spot of high-def BBC action - after a successful trial, Telewest is rolling out the UK’s first high-def TV service t

Reserve a spot on your sofa for a spot of high-def BBC action - after a successful trial, Telewest is rolling out the UK’s first high-def TV service to over four and a half million homes.

That means roughly a quarter of the UK’s homes will now be able to get HD programmes via Telewest’s TV-on-demand service, Teleport. Like Homechoice, you select what you want to watch and the programmes are streamed straight to your TV.

If you subscribe to the TVDrive set-top box you can watch free HD programmes from BBC Worldwide - programmes like the Blue Planet, Super Volcano and the film Pride look truly stunning in high-def.

At the moment Telewest has a modest 20 to 30 hours of HDTV lined up for your perusal but says it’s in talks with ‘absolutely everyone you could think of’ to get more content. The pay-per-view film line up will be announced in the next few weeks and Telewest is hoping to have a whole channel of live HD by the end of the year.

If you check out our review in this month’s issue of Stuff magazine, you’ll see how charmed we were by the TVDrive – not least because it cheekily beat Sky to the market.

It lets you pause live telly and resume where you left off later on, has a hard drive storage for around 80 (standard definition) hours of television, and three tuners let you record from two channels whilst watching a third.  

The TVDrive costs £10 per month if you take Telewest’s top digital TV package, or £15 per month otherwise. You can order the TVDrive from Dixons and Currys stores within Telewest areas. For more info click here www.telewest.co.uk, or call 0800 953 5353 to check availability.

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