Freeview HD announces a summer of sport across the HD channels. New higher capacity Freeview+ HD boxes allow up to 500 hours of HD storage sport so fans never miss a moment of the action.
As a triumphant Andy Murray sets to mount his latest Wimbledon challenge, subscription-free sport has never looked so good for millions of people across the UK this summer. Starting next week, Freeview HD offers the best sporting highlights across the HD channels including; Wimbledon, The British Grand Prix, The British Open, The World Athletics Championships, The Tour de France, The Super Cup and the Rugby World Cup.
With millions of people coming into Freeview HD coverage, over 18 million homes are now able to receive Freeview HD since its launch just over a year ago. The UK’s most watched digital TV service continues to give viewers access to all their favourite sport and entertainment programmes in high definition, without the need for monthly payments or a satellite dish.
Wimbledon, the centre piece of the British summer, gets underway from Monday with coverage on BBC HD and BBC One HD, as Andy Murray looks to build on his recent French Open semi-final and Queen’s victory by chasing down his first career Grand Slam. In an exciting trial for 3D homes, the BBC will mark the 125th Wimbledon Championships by broadcasting this year’s men’s’ and ladies’ finals in 3D on BBC HD. For the first time, Freeview HD homes with access to 3DTV will be able to get closer to the action on Centre Court than ever before.
Over on ITV1 HD, the Tour de France begins on July 2nd and the race starts for world’s most determined cyclists as they battle it out for the coveted yellow jersey.
Formula One makes its way to our shores on 10th July with The British Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton looks to undo the damage of his disappointing race in Canada and close the gap on Sebastian Vettel . In football, this season’s conquerors of Europe are set to contest the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco on August 26th, live on Freeview HD, on ITV1 HD, as UEFA Europa League victors, Porto, take on UEFA Champions League winners Barcelona in an attempt to outshine one of the greatest club teams the world has ever seen.
The biggest stars in golf come together for The British Open at Royal St. George in Kent from 13-17 July, while in a first for Channel 4 HD, a major warm up for the 2012 Olympics starts in Korea with the IAAF World Athletics Championshipfrom 27th August.
As the Great British summer starts to draw to a close and we prepare for an autumn of entertainment, Freeview’s attention finally turns to New Zealand for the biggest international sporting spectacle of the year, the Rugby World Cup,from 9th September.
There are now over 150 Freeview HD boxes and TVs available to buy starting from £50 for a Freeview HD box, £150 for a Freeview+ HD box and £300 for a Freeview HD TV. Freeview HD offers viewer’s access to BBC One HD, BBC HD, ITV1 HD and Channel 4 HD in addition to the nations favourite and most watched channels in standard definition. For avid sports fans not wanting to miss a minute of a summer of HD sport, a range of new high capacity Freeview+ HD boxes are now available, including the Sony 1TB SVR-HDT1000, capable of storing 250 hours of HD programmes, and the colossal 2TB T2400 from Icecrypt, with a massive 500 hours of HD storage space.