High definition television (or HDTV) is basically a digital television broadcasting system with a higher resolution than standard television broadcasts. Picture quality can be up to 5 times clearer than standard television broadcasts (SDTV)
Freeview is the name for the collection of Free to air services on the Digital Terrestrial Television platform in the UK. The service is jointly run by its five equal shareholders - BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and transmitter operator Arqiva. In 2010 we begin to see a few channels transmitted in the HDTV format.
Firstly BBC, ITV and Channel 4 HD channels will be available along with S4C HD in Wales. Five HD is planned for late 2010.
According to Freeviews website by the 2010 World Cup almost 50% of the UK will be able to get Freeview HD and 98.5% by the end of the digital switchover in 2012
London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Bradford and Birmingham will receive Freeview HD by the end of March 2010.
Manchester, Cardiff and Swansea will receive Freeview HD by March 2010 as they go through digital switchover.
For mor details check the Freeview website
As long as Freeview is available in your area all you need is a Freeview HD receiver and make sure your TV is HD ready. Check our Terrestrial TV section for details