The High Definition version of BBC HD will launch next week (Wednesday 3 November) across all UK digital platforms with a mixture of native HD and upscaled content
The BBC say the channel will launch at 7PM “with a series of programmes made in true HD” including The One Show, Wallace And Gromit’s World Of Invention and The Apprentice.
Fans of EastEnders will have to wait until Christmas Day for a true HD version of their favourite soap. The BBC say the “vast majority of all BBC One titles” will be available in HD by 2012.
Jana Bennett, Director BBC Vision, said: “Whether it is seeing the flicker of irritation on Lord Sugar’s face in a boardroom showdown or watching the beads of sweat fly from the dancers on Strictly, BBC One HD is the biggest sign yet that HD viewing is now part of the mainstream.”
Danielle Nagler, the BBC’s Head of HD and 3D, said the existing BBC HD channel “will continue to show programmes from across all BBC channels, to allow all HD viewers to find programming they can enjoy.”
BBC One HD will broadcast a ‘network’ version of the main channel with the BBC promising it would “evolve” to offer regional programmes, news and current affairs to viewers. Plans for the channel were first confirmed in May this year.