Less Channels, Higher Quality.
I'd rather have two high def channels at the highest possible quality than 4 channels at lower quality.
Then gradually over time, as more spectrum is freed-up more channels can be created.
You know what's going to happen, the more channels they transmit, the lower the quality of the programming material.
Look at the 60 or more channels on Freeview we currently have..how much of it does anyone actually watch? Ok, your lowly educated East Enders watchers and Coronation Street watchers will probably watch all the crappy shopping channels, but aside from the uneducated who would probably complain, let's be honest, there really is a lot of cr*p on Freeview.
We have the opportunity here to create a fantastic television system, it's like having a Porsche that can do 150mph, but it's limited to 70mph.
We suffered for a number of years because OFCOM wanted to go down the route of having more SD channels because they decided for us that we wanted more channels of cr*p (more variety as they called it) - more shopping channels, more po*n instead of HD channels.
OFCOM eeem to be catering for the masses, the muppet class, which are the Eastender and Coronation Street watchers. Let them read the Sun, the Mirror, the News of the World.
And who really gives a s**t if Eastenders is in HD! It's the science programmes that will really benefit from it. It's the uneducated that wouldn't give a damn about HD, and probably wouldn't notice it! Let them listen to mp3's and think they're wonderul.