The arrival of Freeview HD
The line up for Jools Holland's Hootenanny this year was particularly well chosen. For those who missed it, do look up Paloma Faith's version of the classic TV is the Thing this Year. There's considerable evidence building that TV - by which I mean old-fashioned big screen part-of-a-schedule TV - is not limping towards the grave, chased by on-demand. I continue to believe that dialling up programmes when you want them - facilitated by great catch up services like BBC iPlayer - and catching programmes when they first become available, or just sitting down in front of the TV in the evening to see what happens to be on, are destined to co-exist peacefully.
The TV set itself is far from redundant, even though I think most of us appreciate the fact that flat-screen technologies mean that it can take up less of our living space. And HD itself - although of course available on-demand, and packaged cleanly into Blu-Ray - is still mostly it seems bought, and used, to watch programmes live, or to capture them off-air to watch on the big screen with the leisure afforded by a good hard disc storage system.
The availability of HD on Freeview has been one of the most frequent questions to the BBC over the time that I've been in this job. Sky's Supertelly has clearly attracted many, while the majority of those buying into Freesat, and a significant proportion of V+ customers have also chosen HD.
But across the UK more people have chosen to move from the analogue world into digital with Freeview than to any other platform, and that is just for their main TV sets. BBC HD had its technical launch on Freeview in December last year, when HD transmissions began in the Granada and London regions. But technical availability - while interesting and of course testament to all those who have created the DVB-T2 standard - is just the first step.
So it is incredibly exciting to see the first Freeview HD boxes are coming off the production lines, destined for a shop somewhere near you (probably), any day. You can see what is coming first on any number of reviews - you might want to try these for starters: Humax Freeview HD Set Top Box Goes On Sale (From ITProPortal) or Humax HD-FOX T2 review (From TechRadar). And there will be many, many other flavours of Freeview HD (including I'm told TVs with Freeview HD built in, and hard disc recorders) arriving over the coming months.
The ability to receive HD on Freeview is also expanding - over 50% of people in the UK should be in range by the summer, with the rest of the country following at other points to the end of the analogue/digital switchover process in 2012.
A Freeview HD coverage checker is on hand so that every address in the UK can establish when Freeview HD will reach its arial. There's even a handy free Freeview HD TV Guide iPhone app now available to provide you with our full channel listings, as well as those of the other Freeview HD channels.
The BBC chooses to spend a small part of the licence fee income that we have on making programmes in HD, and broadcasting them in HD, because we firmly believe that HD is simply part of the next stage of television's life. Given that we spend your money on it, we want to make sure that you can access HD - if you wish to do so - on whatever platform suits you. It's good to see Freeview there now (or nearly) alongside Sky, Freesat and Virgin, and to know that the choice of how to get BBC HD just got bigger.
Danielle Nagler is the Head of BBC HD.