Going Higher

A big day in British broadcasting as the new, free-to-air HD satellite service Freesat is launched by the BBC and ITV. This is bad news for Sky and probably worse news for Virgin Media. As the recession bites it won't be long before people start looking at those bills and wondering if they can get cheaper TV. Indeed, it seems that broadband is now more on selling point than TV or telephony in the triple play.

Allegedly, only half a million UK viewers receive HD, despite over 8 million having HD capable screens, so this is also probably the seminal moment in the introduction of HD to the UK.