BBC One HD launching later this year

The BBC Trust has approved BBC One HD, which will launch soon.

The official press release says BBC One HD will launch on “DTT, cable and satellite later in the year”.

The current BBC HD channel will stay, but that will extend its hours “from an average of nine hours to 12 hours a day”.

BBC One HD will be a simulcast of the main BBC One channel.

Click here to read the full press release.

Sky Sports HD coming to Virgin

Two of the Sky Sports HD channels will be launching on Virgin Media soon, due to the outcome of the Ofcom ruling saying Sky must offer their channels more freely. The two HD channels will be Sky Sports HD 1 and HD 2. In Virgin’s new ad campaign they simply state the Sky Sports HD channels are coming “soon”. It’s not known if red button content will be included in the deal or just Sky Sports HD 1 and HD 2.

Sky Sports coming to terrestrial

Sky Sports is coming to digital terrestrial via IPTV service BT Vision and Top Up TV.

The Guardian report BT and Top Up TV “have confirmed they will launch cut-price subscriptions to Sky Sports channels in time for the new football season, making them available on digital terrestrial television for the first time since ITV Digital went bust in 2002… the telecoms company is understood to be planning to offer Sky Sports 1 to its existing broadband/DTT customers for about £15 a month, while Top Up TV is expected to offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 for about £20 a month.”.

It’s now possible to launch Sky Sports on the terrestrial platform after a ruling from Ofcom said they must make their channels more widely available and offer them at a more reasonable price.

Read more about this on the Guardian’s website.