Freeview HD plans revealed

Details of Freeview’s high definition plans were released last week. Ofcom have announced there will be four slots available – one of which will go to the BBC and the others will be bidded on between ITV, Channel 4, S4C and Five. Because the high definition channels will be broadcast in MPEG-4 instead of MPEG-2, this will mean special high definition Freeview boxes will be needed in order to watch these channels. It is hoped high definition on Freeview will get underway as early as 2009. BBC HD trials were previously run in special test areas – namely the London area – on Freeview. If you want to read some more details on the Freeview HD plans revealed last week, please click here for a Digital Spy article.