Freeview is Planning To Launch FreeView Full HD Satellite TV Service Soon

HD version of the Freeview satellite TV service soon to launch. Freeview said that your standard satellite TV is going to change with high definition HD satellite TV in few years.

The Executive Director Sam Irvine said the company organized a "preliminary discussions" with broadcasters such as Television New Zealand and MediaWorks about the investment to upgrade the service.

Freeview is Planning To Launch FreeView Full HD Satellite TV Service Soon

The update would mean sharper and crystal clear television pictures in the hundreds of thousands of homes.

About 40 per cent of viewers watching the satellite service of Freeview satellite TV service, despite its poor relative FreeviewHD.

But customers od Freeview TV with older decoders or satellite TV set-top-box will need to buy a new decoder of cost about $70 to watch the full HD TV service.

Irvine said that an update would be made possible by satellite standard with a new television broadcasting technology DVB-S2 that uses the most advanced compression technology than  DVB-S standard.

This could make channels ready for transmission in high definition, without having to invest in expensive additional KU band satellite capacity, he said.

"Viewers want now that most of the content will be in high definition."

The only downside is that older boxes and "unauthorized decoders" including Freeview set top boxes which are designed to receive only standard definition television programming will not be able to detect new HD TV signals.

There are a lot of non-approved satellite TV products that will probably not support HD.

"We have to go through a period of consultations with the transmission providers, broadcasters and DVB-T set-top box and TV manufacturers before launching HD version of Freeview television service.

"It is certainly not next year, but maybe in a few years."

Approximately 40 percent of customers of Freeview watch free-to-air TV services using satellite dishes, Irvine said.  The rest of his countrymen watch terrestrial FreeviewHD service that needs a VHF antenna and is already in high definition HD format.

About 13 percent of people live outside the big cities, can not get FreeviewHD and Irvine believes that others have chosen other options because it was easier to connect your TV to existing a flat cable or satellite TV box of Sky DTH.

Sky TV has focused on the migration of satellite TV on the Internet, documents in support of its proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand.

Satellite TV has caused speculation that could be on the way.

Sky and Freeview depend on two satellite Optus D1 and D2, which should remain only in stationary orbit to 2021.

However Optus launched a new satellite Optus-10 in 2014, which seems to be configured with the goal in mind to support broadcast TV in New Zealand after that date.

Irvine said that there are other potential suppliers, and that new technologies is expected that the high cost of new versions to reduce.

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