Icelandic media company 365 midlar is planning to air the first high-definition (HD) broadcasts in Iceland in September. The first HD programs will probably be the ever popular Premier League, a competition in professional football (soccer) between English clubs.
Telecommunications company Síminn is also planning HD broadcasts on two channels through its ADSL network next fall, but neither private broadcast network Skjárinn nor public broadcast network RÚV has any immediate plans for HD broadcasts, Morgunbladid reports.
Television specialists claim HD is the future of television broadcasting, and say it is the biggest step forward in technology since color television. With HD there will be roughly twice as many pixels on the screen than on conventional television screens.
It is not certain that all television sets that are supposed to be able to receive HD broadcasts (marked “HD-ready”) will be able to do so; flat screens that are three to four years old may have already become obsolete.