BBC to trial high-definition TV next year

The BBC is going begin trial broadcasts of high-definition television (HDTV) in mid-2006 with what it calls "highlights of the schedule " made available to selected digital satellite and cable viewers. The trials, lasting a year, will test how HDTV broadcasts are transmitted and received and will not affect the reception of current channels .

Although the corporation said that highlights will be shown during the test, it revealed that the current series of Bleak House and Rome have been produced in HDTV format. The BBC aims to produce all of its programs in high-definition format by 2010. BBC director general Mark Thompson stated that he would deliver free-to-air HDTV on all BBC digital platforms "as soon as practical."

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