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What is HD broadband?

You probably know about HD TV — but what's HD broadband?

HD — which stands for high definition or high def — refers to the quality of audio or video. HD broadband simply refers to broadband packages that are optimised for delivery of this kind of media. HD TV broadband packages typically team a super-fast broadband connection with an on-demand TV and movies component.

Advantages of HD

With a standard connection, downloading movies in HD can take an incredibly long time — sometimes days. With a specially tailored, super-fast HD broadband service, you can expect to get your hands on premium HD content within a matter of minutes, and you'll be able to watch TV in high definition, too.

In terms of file sizes, HD content tends to be very large and will eat heavily into a monthly download allowance. HD broadband typically features an unlimited amount of downloads every month. As a result, there's no need to worry about extra charges for exceeding your usage limit, leaving you to enjoy the very best entertainment the internet has to offer.

Check your availability for HD broadband with our uSwitch broadband postcode checker.

Which providers offer HD broadband?

HD broadband is available from a range of UK broadband suppliers. These are:

Virgin Media's fibre-optic broadband is a highly attractive proposition to HD fans. Thanks to the super-fast speeds this can deliver, users can expect to download HD films in a fraction of the time it would take on a regular connection. You can check out deals on Virgin Media's cable broadband at uSwitch now.

BT and TalkTalk's YouView set-top boxes offer access to a host of feature films in HD. Their on-demand HD services provide fantastic picture quality with Dolby 5.1 Surround sound.

Sky's HD TV and movies offering is second to none, with heaps of HD — and even new 4K or ultra HD — channels taking in all kinds of programming to watch as and when you want.