Freeview HD is in the air, you just can't see it yet
Got Freeview? It just got better! Freeview HD! Suddenly all your favourite non-Sky One programmes are so crisp and detailed you can smell them! Except you can't watch them, because nobody will sell you a household receiver yet. Bah.
Two transmitters covering Manchester and London were switched on today, meaning nearly a quarter of the UK population is bathing in this new HD soup of television signals, broadcast using a new standard called DVB-T2. Unfortunately, there won't be a set-top box that can receive this new type of signal until early next year - engineers are describing today as a technical launch rather than a consumer launch, which won't happen for another four months or so.
Around 40 per cent of the UK population will be covered when the consumer launch occurs, which is likely to increase to 50 per cent in time for the World Cup in South Africa next Summer. Aside from London and Manchester, if you live in Tyneside, West Yorkshire, Birmingham, Liverpool Cheshire, Exeter, Devon, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire or Gloucestershire then your luck's in - you too can back England all the way to the Quarter Finals in stunning HD.