Posted Thursday 30th October 2014 at 03:02pm
Digital offers a superior way to enjoy free to view television. With free to view digital TV, all the great programs you now enjoy such as sport, movies, drama, comedy, news, current affairs and kids programmes are available in a greatly improved format. Key benefits include better picture and sound quality, widescreen images, extra channels and a arrange of program enhancements.
Free to view digital TV eliminates one of the most common problems with analogue reception: a fuzzy or ghosted picture. The digital result is a sharper and clearer picture of equal quality to playing a DVD on your TV set.
Clearer Sound / Surround Sound
Free to view digital TV offers MPEG stereo sound, which is similar to CD quality sound. Many MPEG stereo programs are also enhanced with Dolby Pro Logic surround sound. Some High Definition programs may be broadcast in Dolby Digital, including Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
Rather than the boxy format of traditional analogue television (4:3 aspect ratio), free to view digital TV pictures are broadcast in widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio), similar to the format used for DVDs and at the movies. Widescreen is a more natural view for the human eye, and literally means you see more of the picture. Most new Australian and overseas programs are now produced in widescreen.
With free to view digital TV, you receive extra channels free of charge. The ABC provides two new free to view digital TV channels ABC 2 and ABC 3 which broadcasts a wide range of new and repeat programming including children's programmes, regional, documentary, arts, lifestyle, international and regional news. In addition to their main digital service, SBS is broadcasting the World News Channel. The World News Channel broadcasts more than 200 news programs from 18 countries each week.
In certain areas broadcasters are providing program guide channels. Program guide channels are a television version of a printed program guide, and provide information about daily program schedule, coming attractions, and the latest news and weather. You can also receive selected radio channels from the ABC and SBS via free to view digital tv, including the ABCs Internet radio service dig, dig jazz and SBS multilingual radio services.
The benefits of free to view digital TV will continue to evolve over time, eventually leading to free to view digital TV viewers enjoying a wider selection of enhancements to regular programming. Some of the enhancements already being provided on free to view digital TV include:
-Now and next program information.
-While watching a program, you can see on-screen information about what's on now and whaton next.
Closed captioning provides an on-screen display of the text spoken on television. The broadcasters caption all English language news and current affairs programs, as well as all programs broadcast during prime time.