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ITV HD now on Freesat Channel 119


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OK, no help required, but I thought you ought to know. Replies suggesting another forum will be poo-pooed.

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ITV1 HD broadcasts at a higher resolution than ITV1. Some of the content is native HD at 1080i resolution whilst a lot is in its original SD resolution. However some SD content is of a quality that is better than normal SD broadcasts and with upscaling to 1080i shows improved definition.

In general ITV1 SD on satellite was of a poor quality due to old encoders and low bit rates so the HD broadcast version will show improvements because they use newer encoders and much higher bit rates.

ITV plan to eventually carry all programmes in HD quality but this will take some years to achieve.

The same will apply to BBC1 HD if the BBC ever get round to launching a full time HD channel rather than the endless repeating transmissions on the current BBC HD channel.

If you want full time HD channels then you will have to go to Sky who have about 40 broadcasting mainly HD native transmissions. Even there some live content is still in SD when the original broadcaster doesn't have HD ability - but most is native HD and some even 3D.

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