The BBC has today begun test transmissions ahead of launching BBC One HD variants for Wales and Scotland.
As reported here on the 1st November, the BBC is using transponder 61 on Astra 1N for the tests. It is likely to shortly switch over to Astra 2F. A testcard was observed on the transponder over the past two weeks, but has now been replaced by test versions of BBC One HD.
Currently, the two test channels are simulcasts of the existing BBC One HD service containing BBC England content, with the services expected to switch to providing an HD simulcast of BBC One Scotland and BBC One Wales over the next few days as testing progresses. The two services have been observed with a slight time delay.
Once services are ready to go, they will also appear on Freeview HD and Virgin Media. In the meantime, the existing BBC One HD (pseudo England version) continues. In Wales, there will be changes to the Freeview HD service at the end of November, when S4C's Clirlun closes down and C4HD launches across Freeview HD in Wales. It's expected that BBC One HD Wales will be added at the same time as the other technical changes to the Freeview HD multiplex in Wales.
Current labels: 8901 and 8911. As at 22:03, 13/11/2012, both services are transmitting duplicates of the current BBC One HD (England).