On the 10th December 2013, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBBC HD and CBeebies HD launched on all TV platforms.
Due to the capacity limitations on Freeview, the BBC had to hire capacity on a commercial multiplex that only covers around 70% of households, meaning that BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and BBC News HD aren't available in all locations on Freeview HD and YouView.
As part of considerations as to how terrestrial TV will need to change later this decade as mobile network operators prepare to claim more TV frequencies for themselves, Ofcom documents confirmed that the current multiplex carrying HD channels on Freeview to 98.5% households could have sufficient capacity to mop up those BBC HD services not universally available over the course of the next four or five years.
This roll-out schedule is still quicker than the initial roll-out of standard definition digital channels on terrestrial TV to 98.5% of households that started in the late 1990s and completed in 2012.
A well repeated gripe is the lack of access to regional news in the English regions on BBC One HD, as well as the lack of BBC Two HD for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
At a BBC Trust meeting in May, the Trust discussed the roadmap for further regional variations of the main two BBC channels in high definition, noting likely timescales and costs for launching these services on various TV platforms. It accepted the recommendations (not in the public domain) it had received regarding the launch of regional variants on satellite, and asked that the Executive prepares a statement setting out its intentions regarding future plans for HD variants in the Nations and English regions on satellite and DTT (Freeview).
However, with little time left before the BBC charter is to be reviewed, it is unlikely that the broadcaster will commit to funding any major regional roll-out of BBC One HD in the English regions. Salford (North West) and London are the most HD-ready of all the English regions.
In July, the BBC Audience Council for Wales heard from Garazi Goia, the BBC's acting Director of Distribution, giving clues as to the timescales for the introduction of additional versions of BBC Two HD. At the Audience Council meeting, it was confirmed that the Trust had recently accepted proposals on establishing BBC Two Wales HD, though, as explained in the minutes of this meeting "this was subject to affordability, policy, audience demands and the actions of competitors, with the time-scale now under consideration that could see a launch of this service some time in 2018, subject to the outcome of Charter and Licence Fee negotiations."
As the BBC extends late night regional news in England for five months next year, don't expect the red screen on BBC One HD to go anywhere too soon.