BBC HD channels move to new positions on Freesat

BBC HD channels move to new positions on FreesatTo enhance the channels’ viewing experience a number of changes have been made to the position of BBC HD channels on Freesat. From 24 March, the channel positions will be as follows:

BBC One HD will be on channel 101 for viewers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Continue reading BBC HD channels move to new positions on Freesat

Freesat to offer BBC’s 24 HD Olympic Channels

Freesat to offer BBC’s 24 HD Olympic ChannelsFreesat will carry all of the BBC’s 24 live HD Olympic channels throughout the London 2012 Olympics, offering the full range of live BBC Olympics coverage, bringing every Olympic sport from every Olympic venue.

In addition to the 24 temporary BBC HD Olympics channels listed in the Freesat TV Guide, Freesat viewers will also be able to access the live ‘streams’ via the BBC Red Button service. Continue reading Freesat to offer BBC’s 24 HD Olympic Channels

Poll: Which HD Channel Would You Like On Freesat Next?

We have launched a new poll on the left hand side of the page asking which HD channel you would like to see on Freesat next.

The key thing here is that we’ve picked channels that are most likely to join Freesat in the future; from the main stream UK broadcasters.

We know Channel 4 are in discussions with Freesat into bringing C4HD to the platform soon, but is this the HD channel you’d most like to see?

Don’t forget to vote, and by all means leave comments specific to this post below.

STV Plan High-Definition For World Cup

In an announcement made today that STV are to sell their cinema advertising business Pearl & Dean; STV have stated the reason behind this is to refocus on its core television business.

STV have confirmed this sale will allow them to increase their investment in high definition TV services which it hopes to have in place for the 2010 World Cup.

Whilst we’ve had no official announcement (pending the sale of Pearl & Dean), we would assume this means STV intend on buying into the existing ITV1 HD service, or as rumoured over the past few months, they will broadcast STV HD. Unfortunately though the initial HD service will be limited to terrestrial (Freeview) and cable (Virgin Media) but we hope satellite (Freesat) will follow shortly after; we’ll see whether they have any firm plans in place yet.

ITV HD Latest Schedule

ITV HD TV Schedule

Just a quick mention for our ITV HD Schedule page, which provides up to date listings on all programmes available in high-definition on ITV HD’s red button service. The latest schedule includes:

Wednesday 5th August 2009 (7.30pm) Grimefighters (documentary)
Thursday 6th August 2009 (9.00pm) The Bill
Friday 7th August 2009 (10.35pm) The Bill (repeat)
Friday 7th August 2009 (11.35pm) Ned Kelly (film)
Saturday 8th August 2009 (11.35pm) Blue Crush
Tuesday 11th August 2009 (7.30pm) Grimefighters
Thursday 13th August 2009 (9.00pm) The Bill
Friday 14th August 2009 (10.35pm) The Bill (repeat)
Saturday 15th August 2009 (3.40pm) The Scorpion King (film)
Saturday 15th August 2009 (6.50pm) King Kong (film)
Tuesday 18th August 2009 (7.30pm) Grimefighters
Wednesday 19th August 2009 (7.30pm) Champions League (tbc)
Thursday 20th August 2009 (9.00pm) The Bill
Friday 21st August 2009 (10.35pm) The Bill (repeat)
Friday 21st August 2009 (11.35pm) Family Plot (film)

Visit the ITV HD Schedule page for the updated version

TechniSat Launches Freesat HD Digital Box

TechniSat Freesat Box
Click to enlarge

TechniSat have today announced the launch of the new Freesat high-definition (HD) digital box, equipped with a range of advanced features which will give viewers greater functionality and ease-of-use.

Receiving a Gold Award in a recent review by What Satellite & High Definition magazine, the TechniSat HDFS Freesat digital box comes with an extended feature set which allows the playback of movies, music and pictures from either USB memory sticks, memory cards, or from a PC using the LAN connection or a TechniSat WiFi adaptor (sold separately). The receiver is also eco-friendly, consuming just 0.25 watts in standby mode.

Cementing the partnership TechniSat and Freesat announced earlier this year, Martin Cole, TechniSat’s MD comments

We are very pleased with our relationship with Freesat which has given us the opportunity to create an award winning HD digital box, helping to position TechniSat as a premium UK brand.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s MD, added

With the arrival of their new Freesat box, TechniSat are providing viewers with yet another compelling way to access the range of channels and services available on Freesat.

The HDFS Freesat digital box comes with a three year manufacturer’s guarantee and is available now from some independent, and available within the next week or two from Currys, Comet and Maplin.

We’ll update the TechniSat product page with price comparisons as soon as they are available.

The Bill Goes High-Definition

The Bill - ITV HD

As of the 1st July 2009 The Bill will grace the high-definition stage on ITV HD twice per week. This is an additional boost for ITV who have clearly increased their HD output over the past few weeks. Fans of The Bill with a HD Ready television and Freesat HD digital box will be able to press the red button and enjoy this long running drama in crystal clear picture and sound.

Additional highlights over the next couple of weeks include Wimbledon, the 2004 hit staring Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany; plus drama’s such as The Royal and Kingdom. A full schedule can be found here.