What is HD TV?

High definition (HD) isn’t just about better screen resolution – it's a TV revolution! In HD, colours are more striking, outlines are sharper and what you see is much more lifelike. Even noises and music are clearer.


See the detail

The picture on an HD TV is up to five times clearer than standard definition TV. That’s because there are up to five times as many pixels (little dots of colour) in each picture.

Put another way, it's like when TV changed from black and white to colour. Our TV screens went from pretty dull to bright and really exciting. And once you’ve experienced it, you’ll want to watch everything in HD.


Intense colour

HD TV delivers brighter, more vivid colour. No more washed out scenes or dull, grey images – just intense colours that bring everything to life. Dazzling scenery, bright explosions and more vibrant voyages make watching HD TV electrifying.


Fantastic sound

Thanks to high quality Dolby Digital sound, HD TV is a feast for your ears as well as your eyes. This makes it great if you have a 5.1 home cinema system because all those extra layers of sound make viewing even more immersive. Whether it's the clash of swords, a thumping soundtrack, or a hilarious punch line, you'll hear everything perfectly.


Up to 43 HD channels, for no monthly charge

We’ve got up to 43 HD channels and we don’t charge you extra each month for them. You can also subscribe to Sky Movies and Sky Sports to get up to 16 additional premium HD channels for an extra monthly cost.

See what HD channels we've got below

HD channels

 Included in your package Included in your package

HD Channel

TV M

TV M+

TV L

TV XL

Alibi HD

     

tick

Animal Planet HD

     

tick

BBC One HD

tick

tick

tick

tick

BBC Two HD

tick

tick

tick

tick

British Eurosport HD

     

tick

British Eurosport 2 HD

     

tick

BT Sport 1 HD

     

tick

BT Sport 2 HD

     

tick

Cartoon Network HD

     

tick

Channel 4 HD

tick

tick

tick

tick

Channel 5 HD

tick

tick

tick

tick

Comedy Central HD

     

tick

Dave HD

     

tick

Discovery HD

     

tick

E4 HD

     

tick

Eden HD

     

tick

ESPN HD

     

tick

Film 4 HD

 

tick

tick

tick

FOX HD

     

tick

Good Food HD

     

tick

ITV1 HD

tick

tick

tick

tick

ITV2 HD

     

tick

ITV3 HD

     

tick

ITV4 HD

     

tick

More4 HD

     

tick

MTV HD

     

tick

MTV Live HD

     

tick

National Geographic HD

     

tick

NHKworldHD

     

tick

Nickelodeon HD

     

tick

Sky Arts 1 HD

     

tick

Sky Arts 2 HD

     

tick

Sky LIVING HD

     

tick

Sky1 HD

     

tick

Syfy HD

     

tick

TCM HD

     

tick

TLC HD

     

tick

Watch HD

     

tick

Want to know more about HD TV?    Find out how it works

back to top