BBC confirm BBC Two HD launch details

The BBC have confirmed the launch details for BBC Two HD today.

It was previously announced the channel would be launching this month, but some points have changed.

BBC Two HD will launch on the 26th March.

Sky customers will find it on channel 142 (next to BBC One HD on 141) not the current number BBC HD appears on (169).

Virgin Media customers will find it on channel 187.

BBC Two HD will be on Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 102 and BT Vision+ channel 852.

You will only be able to receive it on those services if you have an HD box, and may need to retune your set top box to pick up the changes (this doesn’t apply to Sky, Virgin Media or BT Vision+ customers).

BBC HD will close down to be replaced with BBC Two HD on that day.

Visit the About The BBC blog for more details.

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BBC Two HD to replace BBC HD in March

BBC HD will close down on the 26th March and will be replaced by BBC Two HD.

BBC Two HD will be a simulcast of the normal BBC Two channel with non-HD programmes being upscaled to improve picture quality.

It has been confirmed BBC Two HD will launch at 6am on the 26th March on Sky channel 169, Freeview channel 102, Virgin Media channel 187 and Freesat channel 109.

HD programmes from BBC Three and BBC Four will still be available online via BBC iPlayer.

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BBC Two HD to replace BBC HD

BBC Two HD is set to replace BBC HD.

The move was announced by the BBC’s Director General Mark Thompson to save money at the corporation as part of their plan to cut 20% from their budget over the next 5 years.

It’s not known when the BBC HD channel will be replaced with BBC Two HD as the announcement simply said “the BBC HD channel will close and be replaced with a single version of BBC Two in high definition” but no timescale was given.

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BBC One HD launches tonight, 7pm

BBC One HD will launch tonight at 7pm with The One Show. For more details on BBC One HD click here to see the FAQs page on the official BBC One website.

BBC One HD will be available on Freesat channel 108, Freeview HD channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

Channel numbers for the existing BBC HD channel will be Freesat channel 109, Freeview HD channel 54, Sky channel 169 and Virgin Media channel 187.


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Further details for BBC One HD announced

We previously posted that BBC One HD will launch on the 3rd November and now further details on the launch of BBC One HD have been announced.

BBC One HD will launch at 7pm on the 3rd November on Freesat channel 108, Freeview HD channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108. It will be a simulcast of the standard definition BBC One channel.

The first programme to air on the channel at 7pm will be The One Show (in HD), then Wallace And Gromit World of Inventions (in HD).

Programmes shown on BBC One HD that aren’t in HD will be upscaled to a better picture quality like other channels do (such as Channel 4 HD) The BBC have announced they hope to have most of the BBC One schedule available in full HD by 2012.

EastEnders will broadcast in HD for the first time on Christmas Day this year.

The original BBC HD channel will remain but will now mostly air programmes from BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four and further coverage of sporting events.

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BBC One HD to launch on the 3rd November

BBC One HD will launch on Wednesday 3rd November, according to the BBC Reception pages on their official website.

BBC One HD will be a simulcast of BBC One.

The existing BBC HD channel will remain but will now mostly air content from BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four.

BBC One HD will be available on Freesat and Sky from launch, and it’s thought it will launch on Virgin Media at the same time. It will also be available on Freeview (for people with Freeview HD boxes) in due course.

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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.

Five HD scrapped on Freeview & slot released to BBC

It was previously announced last year that Five HD would launch on Freeview this year, but Ofcom have said it won’t be reserving an HD slot for Five on Freeview.

Five will have the opportunity to apply for an HD slot starting in 2012 – bidding will take place next year.

The spare slot has now been released for the BBC to use.

Read more at DTG.