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2 December, 2008

freeview? the new package of current free-to-air channels

I noticed following advertise on TV the other night. It says Freeview is coming in 2009.

QuickTime: Freeview tv ads

Exactly what is Freeview? According to the reports, there will be 15 channels from the free-to-air (FTA) networks, including five High Definition (HD) and 10 Standard Definition (SD) channels. I don't see a huge difference between the current digital TV in Australia (free-to-air) and the upcoming Freeview.

Gizmodo Australia sums up nicely, Freeview is a UK branding exercise that covers free-to-air digital television. It essentially offers all the FTA networks digital TV offerings under one easy to remember brand name, essentially so that it can compete better with pay TV.

If you haven't upgraded your TV or purchased a set-top box to receive digital signal, here's a bad news for you - the analogue transmission will be switched off in 2013 (pushed back from 2008). Well, stay tuned for the Freeview.

Posted by Antony on 2 December 2008 8:58 AM | TV shows
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Somewhere along the way, we have a win. Five "free-to-air" channels, plus their five digital/HD shadows, plus five unknown channels? I am looking forward to that in 2009!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 2 December 2008 9:42 AM.
The local digital FTA offering consists of six HD channels and ten SD channels. There are two SD rebroadcasts of HD channels, so if you count those, there are twelve SD channels.
Comcast, the local pay TV people, claims that they have 500 HD "choices". In reality they're using deceptive advertising. There are 42 HD "channels", but 500 downloadable movies, each of which is somewhere between $4 and $10 to rent. They can only be watched once, and they expire after 24 hours. The 42 HD channels are rumored to cost over $200 a month, though I can't seem to confirm that since they don't advertise their price. (To note, I don't know anybody with all 42 HD channels.) But with that advertising, there's very little room for competition, even if we had the "Freeview" brand.
The analog cutoff date here is February of 2009. Most people I know that are using free-to-air TV, myself included, bought set-top boxes instead of upgrading their TVs altogether.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 2 December 2008 10:22 AM.
You might find some more information at http://www.freetoair.com
Posted by Harold on 9 June 2009 4:39 PM.
You might find some more information at http://www.freetoair.com
Posted by Harold on 9 June 2009 4:42 PM.
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