2008

Freesat hits the ground running with free HD transmissions



OK, so it's not Freeview HD, so you'll still have to buy the box and dish, but it is free after that. (
Click here to read about what exactly FreeSat aand FreeSat HD are).

BBC and ITV's answer to SkyHD "
FreeSat" looks pretty good. They hope to have a massive 300 channels by Christmas along with around twenty HD channels. All of which will be completely gratis. Which we like a lot.

The
Humax box - called The Fox - is nice and small, features Component and HDMi and are configured to both work at the same time giving you the choice. It also has a Digital sound output and so when broadcast you can expect to get Dolby 5.1 to plumb into your surround system.



Priced at £150.00 for the box we think it will catch on fast.

The War is over




The War is over and it is completely official. HD DVD is dead. That is to say the consortium that produced the HD DVD the format is dead.

High Definition is however very much alive but now only in the shape of Blu-Ray.

Most people will already be very aware of this fact, however there are still a couple of niggling things that mean you should hold off just a bit longer before buying that Blu-Ray player.

The most important one of these is the fact that there are still a firmware update or two to come our way. These are the scripts that run on the machine to make them deal with the extras correctly and connect to the internet the way that HD DVD did. This should be sorted soon, but in the mean time, only PS3 players will be updated easily.

So, the rest of you..... "stand by your beds - and be patient!"