High Definition Television (HDTV) offers a marked improvement in picture quality, giving a home viewing experience similar to that offered in cinemas.
A comparison of Standard definition and HDTV is shown here, you can see that the HD provides more than four times the quality of normal picture viewing, giving greater tone, depth of colour and texture giving an added sense of drama and excitement to the program.
All of the HD programs are delivered in wide screen 16:9 format
The current High Definition channels available from Sky are:-
Channel 4 HD
BBC HD Previews and programs
Sky One HD
Comedy Central HD
Sky Arts 1 HD
Sky Arts 2 HD
Luxury Life HD
Good Food HD
11 Sky Movie Channels inc Sky Box Office
4 Sky Sports Channels
Sky Sports News HD
ESPN America HD
Sky News HD
Disney XD HD
National Geographic HD
National Geographic Wild HD
and more HD channels are on their way......
To watch HDTV in your home you will need a TV set that is HD ready or Full HD, your TV dealer will be able to advise on this. An HDTV bought in the UK or France will be suitable, but for best results a screen of more that 26" will be required (66cm)
Freesat and Sky both offer HD satellite receivers, To use a Sky+HD digibox or the Freesat Freetime, your satellite dish will need to have the facility to connect two or more cables, as they need two feeds for the functions to operate correctly. (The Sky+HD and Freesat Freetime receivers work in the same way as the Sky+ box and are able to record one program whilst you watch another.The Freesat HD without the recorder only needs one feed.)
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The High Definition Digital receiver will need to be connected to the satellite dish and in turn to your HD Ready television via the special HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) ports on both the television and the digibox using the HDMI cable (as shown).