BBC HD channels launch

BBC HD Channels
The BBC has launched five new HD channels.

BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies and BBC News are now distributed in high definition. The channels are available on all major digital TV platforms. Coverage of BBC Four HD, BBC News HD and CBeebies HD on Freeview HD is limited, with the channels being distributed via commercial multiplex operator Arqiva, who have switched on their extra Freeview HD service to around 50% of UK households, with further coverage expansion to follow in 2014.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “I am delighted that we’re able to launch our new HD channels in time for Christmas, when families gather together to enjoy some of the best TV from the BBC. This year, people will be able to watch even more of our programmes in brilliant quality.”

All five new HD channels broadcast the same programmes as their standard definition equivalents in HD.



FreeviewHD
YouView
Freesat
Virgin Media
Sky
BBC THREE HD
105
147
163
115 or 210
BBC FOUR HD
106*
148
164
116 or 211
BBC NEWS HD
107*
212
604
503 or 570 from 07/01/2014
CBBC HD
73
607
710
613 or 633
CBEEBIES HD
74*
608
711
614 or 624
*Subject to coverage. Not available in all areas. The new Freeview HD multiplex carrying these services is currently in the process of being rolled-out and will reach 70% of UK households by mid-2014. A retune and/or aerial upgrade may be required. For more information on Freeview coverage, see www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker
 

More information on changes and additions to BBC HD services on your digital TV service:
Freeview HD and YouView viewers >

Sky and Virgin Media HD viewers >

Freesat HD viewers >

BT Vision+ viewers >


Amendment made to the above article: BBC News HD Sky channel updated 07/01/2014.
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