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BBC One HD to Go Live 3 November


BBC One HD to Go Live 3 November

The BBC has confirmed that BBC One will launch as a simulcast HD channel at 7pm on 3 November.

The broadcaster announced that it would be doing so this autumn back in May, and with the November date has just about managed it.

BBC One HD will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week – though not all of the content will be native HD, with this content upscaled. Shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, and QI will be moving to HD. From Christmas Day, Eastenders will be shown in native HD, with the BBC known to have written the burning down of the Queen Vic into the story-line as the venerable set of the famous pub was not of high enough standard to pass muster under the revealing eye of HD.

BBC One HD will be shown on Freeview HD channel 50, Freesat 108, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108. The current BBC HD channel will continue to broadcast and show HD material from other BBC channels. It will move to Freeview HD channel 54, Freesat 109, Sky channel 169, and Virgin Media channel 187.

Earlier this year the BBC conceded to a pressure group that it would work to improve the quality of its HD pictures, having dropped its encoding bit-rate from 16Mbit/s to 9.7Mbit/s.

The BBC has also announced the launch of HD online radio streams, starting with Radio 3 in December.


October 22, 2010, 2:11 pm

About flaming time! Considering how much money the Beeb gets compared with some of the other networks, they should have all of their channels available in HD!

Mathew White

October 22, 2010, 3:11 pm

I'm waiting for the day that all the TV companies online players stream in very nice quality HD please. If Vimeo can do it, why can't they? I get much more use from 4oD and the BBCi Player than the scheduled broadcasts.

Occam's Razor

October 22, 2010, 4:04 pm

This is obviously good news but is anyone else frustrated with the Sky HD set-up on the channel numbers? It would be lovely to edit the channels so you could just flick up and down the HD channels only (not via the menu) without going from 143 to 178 via all the extraneous rubbish.

Basically, what I am saying is that the Sky HD front end is appalling and needs urgent updating.


October 22, 2010, 5:23 pm

Wheres the bandwidth coming from?


October 22, 2010, 7:16 pm

@ Occam's Razor You know, I was thinking the self same thing whilst reading the article - only I have Virgin Media. My old Sony Freeview box allowed you to sort channels to your design, not just favourites in the existing order. Given we are in late 2010 you'd think it would be available with Sky and Virgin by now Sheesh!

tony cole

October 22, 2010, 7:50 pm

Has anyone noticed the difference in volume level on BBC HD (i.e very Low) when compared to the SD transmission or is it my Panasonic G20 ???

Martin Daler

October 22, 2010, 8:32 pm

@Andy "Wheres the bandwidth coming from?"

See the news story below this one!


October 22, 2010, 10:30 pm

On "Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108" - Why? When you get it on Freesat, Freeview and iPlayer? Why are the licence Fee payers subsidising Sky and VMedia? - Or is the BBC carried Free on their platforms?

@Kauriso - I agree, about flamin time. On condition that the sub-text is NOT "Oh, lookie Sky has already.... Why pay the BBC....."

I hope that means BBC HD will become BBC-2-3-4 = BBC-2HD.

"Considering how much money the Beeb gets compared with some of the other networks,..."

In FY 2009 average revenues per BSkyB subscriber was £464 up 7% on 2008; and adjusted operating profit up 4% to £780m.

In FY2010 (9-month to end of March 2010) BSkyB revenues up 11% to £4.383bln!

Now compare it with the BBC licence fee increase by 2% to £145.50 in March 2010. Frozen for 6 years! Are BSkyB going to freeze their subscription price?

Tim Wye

October 23, 2010, 10:21 am

And they're going to ruin it all by slapping a dirty DOG in the corner. To paraphrase "so people know they're watching BBC One in HD". Erm, if they can't tell they're watching it in HD, what's the ****** point in them watching it in HD?


October 23, 2010, 10:38 am

@TonyCole - yes, I've noticed much lower volume on 2 different HD boxes. I even chose to watch Mad Men in upscaled SD on my 720p plasma TV because sound quality is very important to that show (IMO) and the sound on HD just didn't cut it (and the upscaled SD PQ on the TV is VG). Similarly, Strictly suffers.

Geoff Richards

October 23, 2010, 2:21 pm

@clemenzia - I'm interested in testing this myself. My first impression (having only just got Freesat HD this week) was "awesome - regular telly in Dolby Digital" :)

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