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Paul Murphy Paul Murphy | 15:40 UK time, Monday, 16 November 2009

There's a press release that's appeared today on the BBC press office website that outlines the planned roll out of Freeview HD. I've pulled out a couple of interesting paragraphs but it's worth looking at the full release as it has the dates for different bits of the country:

Today the BBC has confirmed the timetable that will make HD services on Freeview available to 50% of the population in time for next June's World Cup, and to 98.5% of the population by the end of digital switchover in three years' time.

New DVB-T2 technology will deliver an increase in capacity of 67% to the BBC's Multiplex B, efficiently creating the space needed for UK public service broadcasters' HD transmissions. The UK will be the first country in the world to launch this new standard, and its successful implementation is the result of pioneering work by the BBC in collaboration with partners including Ofcom, Arqiva, Siemens and receiver manufacturers. To view Freeview HD, audiences will need equipment containing this new technology. Freeview HD receivers (set-top boxes, digital television recorders and integrated televisions) will be available from early 2010.

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