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Freeview HD plays catch-up with TiVo and Sky+

Freeview HDFreeview HD receivers will soon be able to run a TiVo-style ‘backwards’ programme guide and set up recordings from the web like Sky+.

The enhanced programme guide will also let viewers link to a programme’s web page or view a trailer for the programme via a broadband connection to their Freeview box.

They’re part of the 2012 edition of the D-Book, which sets the technology standards for Freeview.

It’s maintained by the Digital TV Group, a non-profit organisation which united broadcasters, TV and receiver manufacturers, and other parts of the TV industry.

The DTG’s director general, Richard Lindsay-Davies, said: “The Digital TV Group has balanced UK business requirements and high consumer expectations with the increasing demands of globalisation and business complexity, to deliver another world-leading digital television standard for Freeview.”

The DTG has also set up a group to improve features like subtitles, audio description and text-to-speech using broadband connections to Freeview HD boxes and TVs.

The new D-Book will be officially launched to the TV industry on Friday, March 2, at the annual DTG summit, and Recombu Digital will be there to pick up the details.