The BBC today announced that a new, simulcast high definition (HD) version of BBC One will launch on Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media later this year.
With an expected ‘on air’ date of Autumn, BBC One HD will be able to simulcast a network version of BBC One thanks to popular shows such as EastEnders, Holby City, The Apprentice and QI moving to HD production.
The existing BBC HD channel will continue to broadcast a selection of content from other BBC channels and will have its hours extended to 12 hours a day.
Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD, says: “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. 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.”