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YouView: Backward EPG affected by BBC HD changes in Wales and NI

YouView has confirmed how viewers in Wales and Northern Ireland will be affected by the launch of localised versions of BBC Two HD.

As revealed back in October, the BBC is launching new versions of BBC Two HD for Wales and Northern Ireland on the 29th November 2018.

These will appear Freeview and YouView channel 102 for viewers who can already receive BBC One Wales HD or BBC One NI HD on channel 101.

Until now, BBC Two HD has been a single UK-wide service, meaning viewers have had to switch the standard definition version in the nations to watch programmes for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

YouView users - which includes those viewers who use BT TV, TalkTalk TV and Plusnet TV - have been advised that the backward TV guide, which allows viewers to scroll back through the week's TV, will become unavailable once the change happens on 29th November 2018. This will affect the ability of viewers in Wales and Northern Ireland to scroll back to TV programmes broadcast between 22nd and 28th November 2018.

Affected viewers will also be required to retune to restore access to BBC Two in high definition on the day. The signal for the new BBC Two HD versions is provided by the Freeview network, as part of YouView's hybrid service, which combines terrestrial signals with services delivered via a user's broadband internet connection.

Viewers in England, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands will see no change. However, there will be other changes in Scotland during February 2019, when BBC Two Scotland SD is replaced by the main network version of BBC Two ahead of the launch of the new BBC Scotland TV channel.