BBC to launch five new HD channels in 2014

16 Jul 2013


When the BBC decided to switch the BBC HD channel to become a simulcast of BBC Two in HD, fans of BBC3 and BBC4 bemoaned the loss of their favourite programmes in high definition. No more moody Scandinavian drama in HD.

UPDATE: BBC launches five new HD channels

Worry no more. The BBC is to launch five new high-definition channels by early next year: BBC3 HD, BBC4 HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD. The Corporation is also working on plans for regional variations of BBC1 HD and BBC2 HD for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The new channels will be available on digital TV services and will increase the Beeb's HD output by 250 hours.

BBC director general Tony Hall says: "BBC1 HD and BBC2 HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I'm delighted that we're able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014. These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best."

Following the completion of digital switchover in 2012, industry regulator Ofcom made space available for ten additional HD channels on digital TV services such as Freeview HD and YouView.

By Andy Clough


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  adey2010 said:  (i still think if we have to pay it then it should be shared amongst all other providers of "free" channels aswell tho, such as itv)



ITV is not a "free" channel as it is paid for by advertising revenue, and adverts can be very annoying especially during programs (as opposed to inbetween them.) 

If license fees were to be shared by the BBC then ITV would need to cut out advertisements completely, and you would be left with a-very-watered- down version of the BBC,  and what would be the point of that?

The license fee is worth paying just for BBC3 & BBC4 and the rest is a bonus.


Now what about Film4 and Channel 5 in HD please?


Can't see any reason why not TerFar.

Let's hope they move the channels to their proper numbers now (I wonder how that would work technically?). It really bugs me having to press 101 when I should only have to press 1.

Will the new HD channels also be on Freesat?

At last a bit more value for money for us licence payers! I just hope they dont up the tv tax, sorry i meant licence, when the extra channels arrive. We have watched a lot of the excellent music documentaries/ shows on bbc 4 in the past. With the bbc having their own sport channel how about a separate bbc music channel (on freeview) to cater for us music freaks? Im sure there is plenty of material in aunties archives to do this. If they did this im sure many viewers would feel much better paying the licence fee (i still think if we have to pay it then it should be shared amongst all other providers of "free" channels aswell tho, such as itv)



We just get the static message, saying local programmes not available in HD yet.

That's wierd, because when BBC Wales doesn't get switched in on time then we see BBC London on the HD Channel.

This is great news, as the BBC transmit excellent music documentaries on BBC 4. Be interesting to see how the old TOTP re-runs look in HD.

In fact, the only thing I find really frustrating about the BBC, is that the regional news programmes (BBC London) is not shown on HD and you have to switch over to SD to do so. I really thought they would have sorted this out by now.

I want to see Riz Lateef in HD please!

wonderful news.
Now hopefully they'll do this in a way that means my freesat 101 and 102 can be BBC1 and BBC2 respectively (rather than 108/109). I know the legislation says "due prominance" for core channels, but where probably close to 90% of freesat users have HD tellies, it makes little sense. And they already offer "customising channels" so that I can select my regional favourite BBC1 for the 101 slot, so why not allow me put BBC1HD in there??!

Absolutely fantastic news. About 95% of TV I watch is on the BBC, so to be able to watch near enough everything in HD soon is just fantastic news. A much better use of the BBC's stretched resources than continuing with 3D too in my opinion. 

What excellent news.  Perhaps C4 could start FreeviewHD broadcasts in Wales, now that Clirlun has died and there is all those extra channels anyway.  It would be nice to get a national service here from a national[UK] broadcaster.