HDTV - Is it important now?



Sorry to waste people's time but I haven't a clue what is happening with HDTV (though I know what it is).

From reading some threads the speak is that it MIGHT come to the UK in 2010. If that is the case is it relevant for a new TV/system purchase now?

I am in the market for a system mainly to watch terrestrial and Sky but also want to replace my SVHS with recordable DVD (and to watch bought DVDs). Is HDTV something I should be thinking about?

David Caple


Standard Member
Euro1080 is already broadcasting - plenty of threads about this already.

I understand there are a couple of HD ready TV's available, but I'm not certain of the specs. Personnally I wouldn't buy a HDTV just yet - unless you decide Euro1080 is for you and you are also going via the HD tape route to watch pre-recorded material within the next couple of months.

If you're sticking with DVD, a "standard" widescreen box should suffice - all depends on your budget/circumstances etc. Of course, plasma, LCD or projectors will offer you HD.


wouldnt it make sense to buy a hdtv compatible plasma and use it on sdtv for the time being? Or wouldnt it work?


Well-known Member

That's why I went for an HD capable Pioneer! :smashin:



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A query I have is when do Sky plan to broadcast in HDTV? Also will something like Freeview ever be HDTV capable in the future?

richard plumb

Distinguished Member
In theory, both Sky and Freeview could broadcast HDTV - you'd just need new digiboxes.

Japan has just launched its 'freeview' equivalent, limiting it to 7 channels of HDTV (with SD compatibility). So HD DTT is clearly possible. I just wish the BBC had taken the plunge. I'd much rather have HD BBC than BBC + 74 shopping channels.


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Originally posted by richard plumb
I'd much rather have HD BBC than BBC + 74 shopping channels. [/B]

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