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Freesat BBC HD channel substitution delay explained

The BBC's Alix Pryde has this morning explained why HD channels have not yet substituted SD channels on the Freesat listings.

The original announcement yesterday confirmed that the BBC would be substituting HD channels on Freesat, which would see channels such as BBC Three HD move to channel 106. The announcement raised queries as to why the change could not have been implementation from launch.

In her blogpost reply, the Director of BBC Distribution confirmed "The reason why we have not yet done it is because we need to do further development and testing to ensure that the BBC Red Button and the SD/HD swap are properly integrated."

The BBC HD channels were originally due to launch on Freesat and other platforms by early 2014, when Freesat is intending to launch an HD genre, a move which the free-to-air satellite platform operator says "will help viewers find the biggest range of free HD channels, all in one place."


  1. will this be happening on freeview/youview too

  2. The Freeview channel listing is managed by Digital UK. Earlier this year they consulted on the matter and decided not to permit swaps/substitutions. In their consultation response, the BBC stated it wanted to introduce swaps/substitutions on HD channels.


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