» posted on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 11:19
There’s quite a lot of information on this site about different aspects of digital TV, and other topics too. So, to help you find some of the most useful bits, here are some of the most important things that you should read.
Want to watch TV in HD?
First, you need to work out if you’re ready for HD, which means having a suitable TV set. And if you already have a TV that can show HD pictures, you need to learn how to set it up properly. And since sound is just as important, you may want to read my introduction to surround sound.
You have a choice of satellite or terrestrial (cable too, if it comes past your door, but I’m not covering that much here). If you don’t want to pay a subscription, that means Freeview or Freesat.
Freeview: HD through your aerial
If it’s Freeview you want to know about, then take a look at my Q&A on Freeview HD. And if someone’s telling you that you need a special aerial for HD services, take a look here to learn why they’re being economical with the truth. There are also some tricky issues concerning surround sound on Freeview HD right now, and I have a list of boxes that will give you surround sound via your existing equipment.
Freesat: HD via a satellite dish
In some areas, satellite is your best bet for HD pictures. If you already have a dish, and want to add a Freesat receiver, you need to learn how satellite cabling works first. For an overview of what Freesat is, and why it’s important, turn to this article, and for the details of surround on Freesat, look here. If you’re good at DIY, you can even install your own dish.
What can I watch?
There are slightly different channels available on Freeview and Freesat, and it’s not always possible to make all the channels appear on all the different services. Find out why.
Many HD boxes allow you to access material over your home network, either from other computers in the home, or from internet TV services (like iPlayer or YouTube). Here’s how to connect your HD box to your network.
As more content is added to Gone Digital, I’ll be updating this page to make sure it’s simple to find the most important articles, especially those on Digital TV.
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