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Channels to launch Freeview HD TV

The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 will launch High Definition (HD) TV channels on Freeview next year for the first time, media watchdog Ofcom has revealed.

It said ITV would air peak-time shows and Channel 4 would have a full version of the channel in HD, while the BBC has yet to outline plans.

Viewers will need an HD-ready TV and a new set-top box to watch services, due to roll out between late 2009 and 2012.

HD services are already available via satellite and cable.

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