Advanced Television


Channel 4 goes HD

Channel 4 has launched a high-definition version of its primary channel on Sky HD. Channel 4 HD will carry the same programmes as Channel 4, but will show the high-definition versions wherever they are available.

December 11, 2007

BBC HD launches

BBC HD, the UK’s first free-to-air high definition television channel, has launched on satellite and cable. Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision said: “I am delighted that BBC HD, the UK’s first public service HD channel…HD is the next generation of television and a real opportunity for programme makers to reach out to the audience […]

December 4, 2007

UK shoppers misled over HD TVs

UK shoppers are being misinformed when buying high-definition TV sets, regulators have warned. A study by Ofcom found that large numbers of people are given incorrect information when buying expensive HD TV sets. According to the survey, however, there were significant errors in the information given to customers by many retailers. Four in 10 people […]

November 29, 2007

Sogecable launches Canal Plus HD

From David Del Valle in Madrid Sogecable, owner of Digital Plus, is breaking into the HDTV launching a High Definition version of its premium pay-TV Canal Plus service. Test trials of Canal Plus Alta Definicion will start in January, with the channel fully operational later on in the year. It is the second company to […]

November 23, 2007

UK broadcasters MoU on Freeview HD

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five announced that they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding that, if agreed, would deliver High Definition (HD) channels on Freeview by the projected completion of Digital Switchover in 2012. Potentially from late-2009/2010, BBC HD (see below), ITV HD and Channel 4 HD could all be available on […]

November 22, 2007

Green light for BBC HD

The BBC’s proposals for a mixed-genre high definition television channel, BBC HD, have been approved today by the BBC Trust following a Public Value Test. Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General, said: “We are delighted that the BBC Trust has approved the BBC Executive’s high definition television proposals, allowing us to launch the UK’s first free-to-air, mixed-genre […]

November 21, 2007

Fans prefer HDTV over stadium seats?

Motorola commissioned a survey in the US among more than 1,000 adults and found that 45 per cent would rather watch college or professional football on a HD TV than watch the game in person. Only one in three respondents (32 per cent) indicated they would rather watch a college or professional football game in […]

November 16, 2007

DirecTV Hits 100 HD

DirecTV has hit its long-promised goal of 100 HD channels by year’s end. The satcaster bolstered it high-def offering this week by adding five new basic cable networks, five new pay-per-view channels, and 13 new regional sports networks into the mix. According to DirecTV, the addition of all the new channels gives the company 100 […]

November 16, 2007

25% HD in US

New consumer research from Leichtman Research found that about one-quarter of households in the United States have at least one television set capable of receiving high definition programming– essentially double the penetration of HDTV of two years ago. Yet, consumer confusion related to high definition programming and products remains strong. LRG's latest HDTV research found […]

November 13, 2007

Telia try HDTV via broadband

As the first major broadband operator in Sweden, Telia will begin to test HDTV via their broadband network. The trial period will last for six months, and is scheduled to begin in late November. Approximately 70 households in Stockholm and Gothenburg will participate in trial. The date for commercial launch has not yet been decided. […]

November 12, 2007