Foxtel gets serious about HD with channel switch
All 21 HD channels will now reside in the channel positions previously occupied by the originals. The originals can now be found in the 200 range.
The Foxtel Electronic Program Guide (EPG) will be updated automatically with a software update which began rolling out to customers from yesterday.
Features like Series Link will be unaffected and should continue as it did before the EPG upgrade.
Channels set up as favourites will also remain but the shortcut will take you to that channels new position if it has been part of the reshuffle.
Standard Foxtel package subscribers will not be affected at all and all the channels will remain in their original positions.
With so many customers investing in high definition there is a growing demand for HD content.
Foxtel appears to have leapt ahead of the free to air channels in offering premium content in high definition.
Channel 9, for example, schedules sporting events like rugby league, golf and cricket, on 9 – the standard definition channel.
When the President’s Cup golf took place recently, America’s finest players took on an International team of superstars and it was broadcast on SD Channel 9. Meanwhile on Channel 90 – the high definition channel – programmers opted to screen a 1953 black and white Australian film.
Even today for the cricket broadcast of the First Test between Australian and New Zealand the live ball-by-ball coverage was taking place on 9 while the high definition channel 90 was screening repeats of Friends and Murder She Wrote.