The BBC has confirmed BBC One HD will launch on satellite on Wednesday, November 3. The channel will broadcast on the same Astra transponder as the current BBC HD pilot channel and is being made available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
BBC One HD will simulcast a network version of the BBC One schedule for the first time. The channel will see programmes including EastEnders, Holby City, The One Show, The Apprentice, The Weakest Link and QI move to HD. They will be broadcast alongside schedule highlights including Strictly Come Dancing, Human Planet and Waterloo Road.
BBC One in HD will be made available to all digital television platforms offering HD channels, Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media. It will be in addition to the existing BBC HD channel, which will continue to showcase the best of the rest of the BBC in HD.“The arrival of the UK’s favourite channel in HD – as a second HD channel from the BBC – will increase the range and choice of HD programming we can offer the ever growing HD audience.
“The existing BBC HD channel has been hugely successful. It will continue to show programmes from across all BBC channels, to allow all HD viewers to find programming they can enjoy,” said Danielle Nagler, Head of HD & 3D. “And it will now have space to accommodate more hours of new HD programmes from the BBC.” BBC One HD will be available – from November 3rd – on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108
From November 3, BBC One HD will be available on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108. BBC HD will be available on Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 54, Sky channel 169 and Virgin Media channel 187.