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BBC One HD Launches This Autumn

Gordon Kelly


BBC One HD Launches This Autumn

Well that took one heck of a long time...

2 ½ years on from the launch of BBC HD, the broadcaster has now revealed it will launch BBC One HD "this autumn". The channel will be a simulcast of BBC One with - you guessed it - all programmes shown in High Def. As with BBC HD, this will be 720p since 1080p still requires too much bandwidth to implement effectively on a large scale.

"HD is the future of television: people who have HD have clearly told us that they want more of their licence fee-funded content in HD," said BBC Head Danielle Nagler. "I'm delighted that the HD simulcast of BBC One will become available on satellite, on cable, and now also on Freeview's new HD service. This is a key moment for us on the journey to HD becoming the norm for all our programmes and channels."

In the meantime the Beeb also revealed it plans to make HD versions of some of its most popular programmes available on BBC HD. These include Strictly Come Dancing, Human Planet, Waterloo Road, Songs Of Praise, Casualty, Match Of The Day, A Question Of Sport and Blue Peter. The Beeb didn't put specific release dates on them, but they won't come before Wimbledon, Queen's and the World Cup (perhaps MoTD?) are broadcast in HD this summer.

BBC One HD will be available on Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media and joins 4HD, ITV HD and Five HD which are already available.

Link: Press Release


May 31, 2010, 6:18 am

i hope one day all channels are hd ,motd would be fantastic in hd,my guess is one day it will be the norm,sky wont be charging an extra £10 for hd hold on pigs might fly.


May 31, 2010, 8:29 am

I'm slightly pleased to hear this, there are the odd times I tune to this channel and Chrisine Blakely is still a draw.


I will never forgive them for not transmitting The State Opening of Parliament in HD, especially this politically turbulent year. Yep, it was the last chance I was prepared to give 'em and they fluffed it.

Beeb. It would have cost you about tuppence more to showcase the HD medium on such splendid interiors and pageantry that really merited the extra resolution, but no! you chose to utilise the cameras on "Doctors" and kids' progs.

You really let everybody down, , , again.

Tony Walker

May 31, 2010, 8:56 am

I thought BBC HD was 1080i with a horizontal resolution of 1440 pixels (on Satellite at least)


May 31, 2010, 9:56 am

If the broadcasters got to a point where the infrastructure could handle 1080p broadcasts, would that require another hardware upgrade on our part too and yet another bloody Freeview box?


May 31, 2010, 11:22 am

Can't believe that MOTD isn't already in HD. They need to sort out F1 too. These are things that we know are already filmed in HD so where is the delay coming from?


May 31, 2010, 12:25 pm


I watched it for the first time, and thought the whole thing was embarrassing to be honest.

I mean yes, ideally everything would be in HD, but if they're gonna pick and choose, that certainly wouldn't make my list - much better to show Atom in HD, or at the very least save us the ridicule of leaving the BBC's flagship tech programme Click broadcast to the entire world in shabby low res.

But spare me, all those stupid clothes and The Queen reading out words that have nothing to do with a single thought in her head, and "Hats off strangers!" Oh for godsake, just stick on some trousers and skirts and tell us how you're gonna massacre public services. Actually I take that back, as the whole thing was worth it just to hear Old Liz utter the words "High speed broadband internet" - which - was - hi-la-ri-ous.


May 31, 2010, 12:37 pm


F1 source is not down to the BBC, but the F1 and Formula One Management, who provide the feed to any TV rights holder in a particular country. I expect HD = More cash as we all know Bernie's MO'. I don't think they provide the feed in HD yet, but I expect Bernie will be looking at it soon!

Pendejo Sin Nombre

May 31, 2010, 1:08 pm

I don't know what BBC One HD will be but as mentioned above BBC HD is anamorphic 1080i and could well be dictated by the playout medium chosen (HDCAM I assume) rather than driven by bandwidth constraints.


May 31, 2010, 1:30 pm

@GoldenGuy You can no doubt believe that that will be the case. It would be nice to think that it would simply be a matter of updating the codecs in the Freeview HD boxes to decode full HD signals when (and not if) they will be broadcast, but that would just be too convenient. It's the only reason I haven't bought a box yet.

Occam's Razor

May 31, 2010, 1:31 pm

The Japanese GP is the only one filmed in HD.

MOTD is an interesting one. All the games are filmed in HD but Sky show their highlights at the same time as MOTD in HD on a pay channel. I can see them blocking it.

Agree with them not going 1080p though - seems sensible.


May 31, 2010, 2:18 pm

Nice as it is, I would prefer BBC2 in HD. That will come in time I hope, or they could just change BBC HD into BBC2HD, that would be nice


May 31, 2010, 3:52 pm

Please excuse my ignorance, but are any true HD channels available now via a standard ariel and freeview on HD TVs. What's needed in the TV, apart from a panel with HD resolution?


May 31, 2010, 3:58 pm

@GoldenGuy The difference between 1920x1080i and 1920x1080p is marginal, if you have a good TV doing the de-interlacing. In fact for film based content, said good TV, could extract the 1080p24 from 1080i with zero loss of detail.

On the subject of BBCHD's 1440 resolution. Yes, they could switch from 1440i to 1080i without anyone needing to update their freeview/sat hardware.

Pendejo Sin Nombre

May 31, 2010, 4:53 pm

Ignoring Blu-ray I assume all film originated material is still run at 25fps with pitch corrected audio here and you're conflating horizontal and vertical resolution when comparing anamorphic HD (1440x1080) with 1080i/p.


May 31, 2010, 5:03 pm

Typically the BBC has been very good on the EDUCATIONAL/INFO side of HD with its VERY useful website on BBC-HD: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbchd/ - Don't forget to scroll to the bottom for some useful stuff like:http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/....

While the BBC has been TIMID lest the Murdochs say BOO! in providing HD proper given that BSkyB even provides a HD NEWS channel and lanched 3D tv! This development has come about courtesy of Channel-5: http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/new...


May 31, 2010, 5:07 pm

Thought BBC HD was 1080i on Freesat at least?


May 31, 2010, 5:47 pm

Like I said see the "BBC-1 is going HD" (Oh here's the link again if you don't want to edit out the FULL STOP http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/... )blog and here's something from it:

all those interested in talking more in depth about HD picture quality, there's a detailed debate on this post by Andy Quested on the BBC Internet blog: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbc...


Fiona, TV blog editor


May 31, 2010, 7:12 pm

I've recently found a cheap and much higher definition alternative to HD TV - it's crisp, vibrant, amazingly realistic and comes in true 3D - and even better it's available right now completely free to anyone.

I found it right after getting up off my sofa - moving my legs rhythmically back and forth and leaving the house - the only downside is you have to interact face to face with real people from time to time ......


May 31, 2010, 10:55 pm

@Castalan Sounds horrible.


May 31, 2010, 11:15 pm

The major DOWNSIDE of REALITY 3D-HDTV is as already seen with the 2-D reality TV shows like Big Brother!

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