BBC to launch five new free HD channels in 2014

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doctor-who-face.jpgThe BBC have announced plans to launch five new, free HD TV channels by next year.

The new channels set to broadcast are BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD.

Whereas some previous HD channels from the Beeb have acted like a high-definition “greatest hits” roll for the broadcaster, with hand-picked HD programming, the new channels will instead be high-definition simulcasts of existing BBC channels. Altogether, the new channels will account for 250 hours more of free HD content than is currently available through free TV services.

BBC Three HD and CBBC HD will be broadcast on the BBC’s existing high definition spectrum, with the remaining new channels broadcast on a new multiplex made available by Ofcom following the digital switchover.

As many as a further ten HD channels could be hitting terrestrial airwaves following the switchover.

The BBC have also announced plans to roll out regional versions of BBC One HD and BBC Two HD for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Gerald Lynch

2 comments

  • Can somebody tell me if BBC is able to broadcast in 1080p or not? Here in the United States, none of our shows are broadcast in 1080p….instead they are in 720p or 1080i. You have to watch Blu-ray or certain OnDemand contact to get 1080p. I can’t wait for the day that the US eventually broadcasts in 1080p. By the way, has anybody seen the newest high-defintion signal called “4k” yet? It looks AMAZING!!! http://getfreehdtv.com/

  • Can somebody tell me if BBC is able to broadcast in 1080p or not? Here in the United States, none of our shows are broadcast in 1080p….instead they are in 720p or 1080i. You have to watch Blu-ray or certain OnDemand contact to get 1080p. I can't wait for the day that the US eventually broadcasts in 1080p. By the way, has anybody seen the newest high-defintion signal called “4k” yet? It looks AMAZING!!! http://getfreehdtv.com/

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