BBC HD channels

The BBC will switch on five new HD channels for viewers across the UK tomorrow.

From tomorrow, 10 December, television viewers in the UK will gain access to five new HD channels from the BBC. They consist of BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, says: "I am delighted that we’re able to launch our new HD channels in time for Christmas, when families gather together to enjoy some of the best TV from the BBC. This year, people will be able to watch even more of our programmes in brilliant quality."

All the channels will mirror the programming content shown on their standard definition counterparts. The new HD channels will be available on Freeview HD, Freesat HD, YouView, Sky HD and Virgin Media.

On demand catch-up content for the channels will also be available in HD via the BBC iPlayer service.

The BBC said that over 50 percent of homes in the UK are already HD enabled. It is estimated that the number of HD enabled homes will reach over 20 million (80 percent) by 2016 and over 23 million homes (90 percent) by 2019.

The Beeb said that the BBC Three HD and CBBC HD channels will use its existing HD multiplex capacity while the remaining three will use new HD capacity, which will "extend to cover 70 per cent of UK homes by the Wimbledon Championships in June 2014".

The channel numbers for the various electronic programme guides (EPG) are listed below.

BBC Three HD

BBC Four HD

BBC News HD

CBBC HD

CBeebies HD

Freeview HD & YouView

105

106

107

73

74

Freesat HD

147

148

212

607

608

Sky HD

115 or 210

116 or 211

570

613 or 633

614 or 624

Virgin Media

163

164

604

710

711

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