I notice Sky TV (satellite from Optus D1 ) now has around 10 channels available in HD but Freeview has none.

Isn't it time that those of us that live in areas where terrestrial HD in not available and where there are apparently no plans to extend terrestrial HD to should be excluded from what is a government funded service..

Previously ,a lack of bandwidth has been quoted as the reason for this but Sky have introduced more HD channels this year.  With Sky using Optus D3  (at 156 degrees) as a back-up satellite and the use ot twin lnbs surely it is feasible for Freeview to  " spread its wings". If this is not possible ,how about putting more Freeview satellite channels on Optus10  (at 164 degrees) which is due to be launched later this year.

Peter S.


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Hi Peter 

Thanks for sharing this, the request for HD versions of TV One, TV2 and TV3 have been a popular request by many Freeview Satellite users. 

Currently there are HD versions of these channels on Optus D1 Free for SKY users and unfortunately they have encrypted (Locked) these channels to use only on the SKY boxes.

There is currently no more space on the Freeview carrier to add HD channels unless SKY unencrypted their services for Freeview Satellite users using the required receivers/recorders. You will need to talk to TVNZ, Mediaworks and SKY and show interest in getting these channels unlocked. 

In regards to putting Freeview on Optus 10 for more services, although this would be ideal it is unfortunately not financially and ethically feasible at this stage, this will require all Freeview Satelite viewers to realign their dishes (which most people don't know how to and most likely won't want to fork out additional costs to get a technician/installer to do so)

Hope this answers! Thanks for the questions :-)


any official HD fta sat boxes?

joshua mentioned a specification a while ago

Hey Willis

There are currently two in the market approved by Freeview

-DishTV S7090PVR

There are other non approved models in the market too.



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