There was a post a few weeks back regarding the new satellite service from the Beeb and commercial TV channels about to start shortly. The boxes available were just receivers with no recording facilities - but they were HD capable.
There was talk about the EPG potentially having problems on a sky box - or any other receiver, so I was certainly going to wait and see.
Anyway, they have began broadcasting - though ITV are still in test mode (I beleive the official launch will be 1 June) and according to my local sat shop, existing receivers will have no problems with them.
So firstly, you should be able to manually add some of these channels to your sky receiver. (They wont get picked up on the receivers normal searches). And those that have bought (or about to buy) a receiver such as the Technomate 6900, will have a free to air HD system that is capable of all the other goodies that this will bring (including recording - plus of course the countless channels on top of Freesat and sky.)
So has anyone got one a non sky HD receiver that have tried out the broadcasts on 28E yet? And the results and EPGs? From what I was told, the ITV HD broadcast will at first at least, be just simultaneous channels selectable from a "red button" and not a channel in their own right. Sounded like the BBC special events on freesat.