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    Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    The BBC and ITV have today launched a free-to-view television service across the UK.
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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Problem is a lot of people interesting in this will be tied into Virgin or other packages. I myself have BT vision and although the thought of Free HD tv is great what about on demand content!

    Free HD content on its own is not worth £150 , wait till Freeview goes HD seems a better option. Think ITV and the BBC are kidding themselves if they think they will get a huge amount of demand for this at £150 and no demand content or any other perks that we get from modern set ups...

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    When terrestrial Freeview goes partially HD (limited to 4 HD channels) you will need a new decoder anyway. This will start off being the guts of £100 i would imagine.

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Freesat from sky is a one off £100 payment, it's a shame the BBC and ITV are charging more. Hopefully they'll be some reasonably priced boxes for people already with dishes.

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbouk View Post
    Freesat from sky is a one off £100 payment, it's a shame the BBC and ITV are charging more. Hopefully they'll be some reasonably priced boxes for people already with dishes.
    Freesat is only normal digital TV not HD so not really a good comparison....

    I believe the BT vision box can handle future HD Channels. I understand that it worked with the BBC HD trials.

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbouk View Post
    Freesat from sky is a one off £100 payment, it's a shame the BBC and ITV are charging more. Hopefully they'll be some reasonably priced boxes for people already with dishes.
    £150 according to freesat from Sky - A new way to get free digital satellite TV

    and yes, there are - freesat receivers start at about 50 quid iirc

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Quote Originally Posted by Brewster0101 View Post
    Freesat is only normal digital TV not HD so not really a good comparison....

    freesat comes in a HD flavour aswell.....
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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    freesat comes in a HD flavour aswell.....
    Freesat from the BBC and ITV yes, Sky Freesat no.
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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    It'll be a good but im going to stick with the dreaded Sky until they offer a comparible service

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Quote Originally Posted by mightynimrod View Post
    It'll be a good but im going to stick with the dreaded Sky until they offer a comparible service
    Do Sky offer ondemand content yet like BT vison and Virgin Media?

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Quote Originally Posted by walibe View Post
    Freesat from the BBC and ITV yes, Sky Freesat no.
    oop, i thought he was on about BBC/ITV freesat (just reread it) but he wasn't
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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    I just remembered something about the Freesat spec while reading about the new Humax box.

    Freesat has provision for two way interactive content over broaband. The full spec boxes have an ethernet work for connecting to your home network.

    So in time we could see some very clever boxes out there. Freesat PVR with a twonky media server built in? Freesat PVR with iPlayer support?

    Or how about a Freesat/Freeview hybrid PVR? So you get all the HD channels over satellite and all the missing channels (like Dave) over Freeview. There is no technical reason why you couldn't do this, just add a DVB-T decoder (which the manufacturers already have from their Freeview boxes) and add to the boxes software. 90% of the work is already there.

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    Currys have been selling it for £75 for sometime now - I looked at it for my parents who have ****e terrestrial reception and loathe to give any money to Murdoch. Oh, and no Virgin either

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Ah something to hook up to my old Sky+ dish. excellent.
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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    I wonder why channels like Dave and UK History are missing from freesat?

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    Re: Headlines - Freesat: BBC and ITV launch free HD service

    Quote Originally Posted by slypie View Post
    I wonder why channels like Dave and UK History are missing from freesat?
    because they're encrypted, which means they're a sky exclusive - and dropping that encryption is very expensive (since it means sky pay a LOT less for the right to use your channel)

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