In a joint statement from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, the channels announced that they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding that could see BBC HD, ITV HD and Channel 4 HD available from late-2009/2010, with Five HD launching as soon afterwards as capacity is available and by 2012 at the latest, subject to the relevant regulatory agreements and conditional on the necessary Board approvals.
It all requires new technology to increase capacity and a rearrangement of existing channels, hence the delay. More on this in the coming months.
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