Panasonic have just launched a new range of televisions with Freesat HD built in, which means viewers will be able to watch high definition programmes without subscriptions or the need of a set top box. Once the equipment has been purchased and installed there are no further fees or charges involved.
Having the tuner built in will mean the overall picture quality will be improved over that of a seperate receiver, and because unlike the launch of freeview, the operating systems and specifications of the tuners have been agreed from word go so consumers won’t be stung by manufacturers or broadcasters moving the goal posts a year or two down the line.
There are around 80 TV and radio channels available from launch with 2 channels available in HD (for a set number of hours per day, but this will increase very soon). Within the next twelve months the number of channels available will increase to around the 200 mark. The BBC will also be offering their iplayer service via Freesat in the coming months.
For those of you who have already bought HD ready TV’s you don’t have to miss out as you can add a Freesat box to convert your existing set. Freesat also offers a viable option for people who happen to live in areas where freeview will not be available after the digital switch over.
Panasonic’s integrated sets will start off at 42″ with a 46″ and a 50″ version to follow by the end of august.Freesat televisions