BBC steams on with HD programming
Having mastered the delivery of its flagship channel in high definition, the BBC is to ditch its specialist HD channel and in its place offer its second channel, BBC Two, in HD.
The new channel will launch on 26 March and will be available subscription-free on all digital television platforms offering HD channels as well as Sky HD, Freeview HD/YouView, Virgin Media, Freesat HD and BT Vision.
The BBC Two HD channel will take the form of a simulcast network version of the BBC Two schedule with a raft of new programmes available in HD for the first time — including Paul Hollywood, Bread, The Fall, Science Britannica and Keeping Britain Alive — as well as current popular programmes such as Mock The Week, QI and Springwatch.
"BBC One HD has already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I'm delighted that we're able to follow this with the launch of BBC Two in HD," commented Janice Hadlow, controller of BBC Two. "The launch of BBC Two HD will allow us to showcase more of our programmes at their very best — helping to highlight our commitment to high quality, engaging and ambitious programmes on BBC Two."