HDTV: BBC announces autumn HD programme scheduleBBC HD channel line-up gets new programmes

09 September 2009

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The BBC's autumn schedule of HD TV programming has been announced, and includes popular favourites such as Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who, plus new arrivals such as the Electric Proms and Emma.

The head of BBC HD, Danielle Nagler, has unveiled the BBC's latest schedule of programmes to be broadcast in HD, on the BBC internet blog.

Nagler concedes that the BBC's HD output may not yet reach viewers' expectations. She writes: 'When I started as head of BBC HD a year ago, I was concerned at what I perceived as the gap between the BBC HD promise - the best content from the BBC - and the reality. I also felt that the channel broadcast was limited and unpredictable.

'Those concerns haven't entirely gone away ... but looking at the Autumn schedule I do feel that we are moving in the right direction and I would hope that you agree.'

Consumers who have recently bought LCD and plasma TVs on the promise of the enhanced picture quality offered by HD programmes may be frustrated by the lack of HD broadcasts. Which? has an expert guide explaining HDTV and how to watch it.

HD on Freesat with a set-top box or Panasonic Freesat TV

To watch HD broadcasts consumers will need to either sign up to a subscription TV service such as Sky HD or Virgin Media HD, or watch on Freesat. To watch Freesat they will require a Freesat set-top box, or a HDTV with integrated Freesat, such as the Panasonic Viera TX-L37G10.  

Aside from the BBC HD and ITV HD channels that are available on Freesat, Virgin Media HD also offers 4HD, Living HD, FX HD, MTV HD and National Geographic HD, and Sky HD has a total of 30 HD channels.

According to Nagler's blog post the autumn line-up for the BBC HD channel will include:

  • Life
  • The Electric Proms
  • Lost Land of the Volcano
  • Emma
  • The Art of Russia
  • Doctor Who specials

Programmes which return in HD include Strictly Come Dancing and Antiques Roadshow. New to the HD line-up are Hole in the Wall, Countryfile, Waterloo Road and The Thick of It. 

BBC Two shows Home Time and Beautiful People are also going to be broadcast in HD, and from BBC Three, Lunch Monkeys, How Not to Live your Life, and Harper's Island will be available to view in high definition.

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