The BBC have announced five new subscription-free HD channels will launch in the coming months.
BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBBC HD, CBeebies HD and BBC News HD will all be made available by early 2014 on satellite, Freeview and Virgin Media.
The BBC Trust have approved the new HD channels for launch.
It’s been possible to launch these channels on Freeview thanks to new capacity made available by Ofcom – more details on this can be found on their website.
The official press release from the BBC Media Centre reports:
“The five new HD channels will be broadcast on satellite, covering approximately 99 per cent of UK homes from launch. On digital terrestrial television (Freeview HD and YouView), BBC Three HD and CBBC HD will use capacity on the BBC’s existing HD multiplex, which has 98.5 per cent coverage of UK homes. BBC News HD, BBC Four HD and CBeebies HD will use new HD capacity, which will cover part of the UK and grow in coverage over time. Further information on this new digital terrestrial television capacity can be found in the press releases issued today by Ofcom and Arqiva. The five new HD channels will also be offered to TV platform operators that run their own networks, such as cable TV and IPTV operators”.
All of the new HD channels will be simulcasts of their standard definition equivalents.
It’s also been announced “the BBC will present to the BBC Trust a proposal covering the technical options and timetable to launch English Regional variants of BBC One HD and variants of BBC Two HD for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland”.