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BBC One HD goes live tonight

7pm start for new terrestrial HD channel


The plight of free-to-air HD television receives a small boost today, as BBC One HD goes live tonight at 7pm with The One Show.

Unlike BBC HD, which will continue to air high definition content exclusively, BBC One HD will feature some standard definition programmes up-scaled for HD. However, it’s the first BBC channel to be simulcast in HD, with most the channel’s prime time evening programmes being broadcast in high definition.

What’s not in the HD?

Excluded from the HD treatment are the majority of BBC One’s day time programming, programmes like Homes Under The Hammer and Cowboy Trap, and news bulletins. Some special news events may be broadcast in HD, though, and daytime soap Doctors is already available in HD.

The BBC expects all BBC One programmes to be in HD once the digital switchover is complete in 2012, just in time for the London Olympics.

You’ll find BBC One HD on Freeview channel 50, Freesat channel 108, Sky channel 143, and Virgin Media channel 108.

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