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.