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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

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