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Freesat hi-def system prices revealed

April 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Freesat may well be doing a good job maintaining a media blackout prior to its UK launch on May 6, but that hasn’t deterred some of its retail partners from blowing the lid on prices for the no-subscription satellite TV service.
The Freesat platform will offer a mix of standard and high-definition channels, including HD channels from ITV and the BBC. An early rush of system sales is expected as HD TV owners look for a cheap way of watching the Beijing Olympic Games in high definition.
The price of an HDMI-equipped hi-def receiver will begin at 120 UK pounds, with 80 pounds required for dish installation. Retailer Argos lists models from Bush and Goodmans (the later priced at 150 pounds). Both units offer a seven day EPG. Standard definition Freesat boxes begin at just 50 pounds. Once again, Bush and Goodmans supply models. SD receivers do not come with HDMI, just Scart connections. Panasonic is expected to introduce a range of TVs with integrated Freesat tuners this Summer. Prices for these have not been announced.

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