By Becca Talbot - email@example.com
Updated: Friday 8 April, 2011
As more high-definition channels become available from the UK’s digital TV providers, should you make the switch to HD TV? We reveal everything you need to know about high-definition…
High-definition TV, or HD TV as it is also known, is a new development in digital TV. It offers you a better viewing experience, with clearer sound and pictures. If you’re considering getting a HD TV, or already have one, we’ll help you get the most from it.
Our guide explains exactly what high-definition (HD) is, what’s available to watch in HD and which digital TV providers offer high-definition services, as well as looking at all the costs involved.
There are several advantages to getting a high-definition television. Most noticeably, HD programmes and films have:
HD broadcasts are particularly suited to flat TV screens (LCD and plasma).
If you’ve got a HD ready TV, or are thinking of getting one, there are plenty of high-definition shows to choose from on the dedicated HD channels.
A wide variety of programmes, from soaps and documentaries to films and dramas, are shown in HD, as well as some sporting events. What you’ll be able to watch in high-definition though will depend on the digital TV service you have.
Several of the larger digital TV providers offer HD channels for customers, but these come at a cost. Freesat, the free-to-view satellite TV service, and Freeview also offer content in HD, which doesn’t require a monthly subscription.
Below is more information on what is available from the various digital TV services:
Digital TV providers are adding new HD channels and content all the time, and costs do vary, so it’s important you find a high-definition package that will suit you.
Before you can watch high-definition programmes, there are four things you must do:
If you’re considering getting a HD TV and digital TV service, you need to think about the kinds of programmes you want to watch in high-definition. HD viewers have commented that, most noticeably, nature documentaries and sporting events are better in HD.
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