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HD on Freeview Explored

Your questions on watching HD channels on Freeview answered by our UK podcasting team.


High definition channels on Freeview?

Sony KDL-32S2010 HDTVThere are currently four channels of HD available over Freeview via a TV aerial.

At the moment, BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV 1 HD and Channel 4 HD are available to most of the UK.

Your Freeview HD questions answered:


What HD channels are on offer on Freeview?

BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV 1 HD and Channel 4 HD are live now.


When will the Freeview HD channels become available?

Freeview HD is now available UK-wide, It was phased in between 2009 and 2012. Here's the HD timetable:

  • Granada Region and London - 2009
  • Wales, Scotland and West Country regions - 2010
  • Yorkshire, Central, Anglia and Meridian regions - 2011
  • Tyne Tees and Northern Ireland Regions - 2012

Will my existing Freeview box or TV be able to get Freeview HD?

Freeview's HD service will make us of a technology called DVB-T2, and use MPEG-4 encoding (not the MPEG-2) used with Freeview at the moment. This means that existing Freeview boxes, and TV sets with Freeview built-in, will not be capable of receiving Freeview HD.

Existing Freeview receivers will still be able to get the Standard Definition channels

Humax HD Fox-T2 - The first UK Freeview HD box

Humax Fox HD T2

Features: 8 day EPG, HDMI in, 2 x SCART, Ethernet socket, USB for xVid, MP3 and JPEG playback. Priced around £170 from , (cheapest at the time of writing) and

Alternatives? Sky's offering a free Sky+HD box - over 50 HD channels and a built-in recorder. Details on Sky's HD site


What do I need to get Freeview HD?

You will need a receiver capable of getting the HD service. These require a slightly different technology to the existing Freeview receivers. The first receiver, the Humax Fox HD T2 appeared in February 2010.

As well as a suitable Freeview HD receiver, you will need to be in a Freeview HD reception area, and have an HD-ready TV set.

Is there a subscription cost?

No. Unlike Sky and Virgin's HD service, there is no subscription cost for Freeview HD service.

Do I need a satellite dish to get Freeview HD?

No - Freeview's HD channels are available via a TV aerial. If you want HD via a satellite, there's Sky+ HD (offering over 50 HD channels), or the more limited selection offered by Freesat

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