The BBC has confirmed it will be launching a simulcast of flagship channel BBC1 in HD this Autumn. The channel will be made available to all digital television platforms offering HD channels – Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media.
Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD says: “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.”
The majority of programmes in the BBC One network evening schedule will be available in HD at launch, and by 2012 it is expected that the vast majority of all BBC One titles across all hours will be in HD.
BBC1 HD will join the existing BBC HD channel, which will continue to showcase the best of the rest of the BBC in HD and will extend its regular broadcast hours from nine hours a day to 12.