is a British free-to-air high-definition television channel operated by ITV plc
, the company which is contracted to provide 11 ITV
services across the UK
. ITV1 HD is available to view in England, Wales and the Scottish Borders on Freesat
via channel 119, Freeview
channel 51, Sky
channel 178 and Virgin Media
channel 113. From 2 April 2010, ITV1 HD became a standard channel available on all digital platforms.
The channel originally existed on a trial basis from June until November 2006, primarily to show the World Cup
games to which ITV
had the rights.
The channel was available to subscribers of the Telewest TV Drive
cable service and was also broadcast as a low-power digital terrestrial (DVB-T
) channel from London's Crystal Palace Transmitter
as part of a terrestrial HDTV trial involving 450 homes. ITV HD did not broadcast on satellite television
, unlike BBC HD
. It was available on Telewest channel 118 and Freeview channel 503 in homes which were involved in the HD trial.
In addition to the World Cup games, ITV HD showed classic films remastered in HD (such as All Quiet on the Western Front
and The Big Sleep
), documentaries (such as ) and dramas such as Poirot
The original ITV HD stopped broadcasting on the 30 November 2006.
High definition broadcasts from ITV plc
launched exclusively on Freesat
, the new digital satellite service from the BBC
on 7 June 2008, just in time for the start of UEFA Euro......