BBC bolsters HD offering

Editor | 09-12-2013

The BBC has confirmed the launch of five new BBC high definition channels on 10 December across all platforms.

BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD will be available on the Freeview DTT service, Freesat and Sky satellite, Virgin Media cable and the YouView IPTV and OTT on-demand platforms. Viewers will also be able to catch-up on HD programmes from these channels on BBC iPlayer.

The new channels will complement existing HD offerings that include BBC One HD and BBC Two HD. Over half of UK homes are already HD-enabled, and the BBC says that report estimate the number of HD homes is expected to grow to 80%, over 20 million homes, by 2016 and over 23 million homes (90%) by 2019.

Commenting on the launch, Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, said: “I am delighted that we’re able to launch our new HD channels in time for Christmas, when families gather together to enjoy some of the best TV from the BBC. This year, people will be able to watch even more of our programmes in brilliant quality.”

Emma Scott, Managing Director of UK subscription-free satellite TV Freesat, added: “This is the perfect Christmas present for Freesat customers offering more great ways to watch what will be a bumper festive season…This is part of our continued drive to deliver the best subscription-free TV service to the UK, as we continue to add new channels and on-demand services, delivered through award winning TV products."