12/06/2009

Channel 5 set for licence for high definition programmes on digital terrestrial television | Ofcom

Channel 5 set for licence for high definition programmes on digital terrestrial television | Ofcom

Channel 5 has been awarded a license to broadcast in High Definition (HD) on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) after the digital switch-over in 2010.

Channel 5 joins the BBC, the Channel 3 licensees (ITV, stv and UTV), and Channel 4 and S4C who have already been granted licenses.

Granada will be the first region to completely switch-over to DTT in 2009 and some HD content will be available at this time, other regions will switch-over by 2012.

Channel 5 will show programmes such as The Gadget Show, UEFA Europa League, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and blockbuster movie premiers which could become available in HD from late 2010.

This still means probable new Freeview boxes with MPEG-4 support.
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