BBC confirms Freeview HD timetable

UK public broadcaster the BBC has confirmed its plan to make HD services on the Freeview digital-terrestrial platform available to 50% of the UK population in time for the World Cup in June next year, and to 98.5% of the population by the completion of digital switchover in 2012.

Viewers in Manchester and Cardiff will receive HD services in December 2009 and March 2010 respectively, at the time of digital switchover in those areas. Areas that have already switched off analogue services will be retrofitted with HD services before the end of November 2010. From January, viewers will be able to use the Freeview website to find out when HD services will be available in their postcodes.