BBC to launch five new HD channels

The BBC has announced it plans to launch five new high definition channels by early 2014.

There will be HD versions of BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC.

They will be available over rooftop aerials via Freeview receivers as well as satellite and cable services.

The news coincides with regulator Ofcom’s announcement that is making it possible to launch a total of 10 new HD channels using airwaves freed up by the switch off of analogue TV.

Tony Hall, BBC’s director general said:

BBC One HD and BBC Two HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I’m delighted that we’re able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014.

These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best.

Story taken from BBC News website

114 thoughts on “BBC to launch five new HD channels”

  1. David Pugh said:
    Hi The Box and Kerrang are 4:3 while Magic is filled the screen. Can’t you adjust The Box and Kerrang please as same as Magic please? I want Box television to adjust the size of these 2 channels. It hasn’t worked you promised yesterday that you told me good news that The Box and Kerrang will be 16:9 as same as magic. I want them channels adjusting on freesat+ receivers please.

    He said shortly David, not 2 days later.

  2. Hi The Box and Kerrang are 4:3 while Magic is filled the screen. Can’t you adjust The Box and Kerrang please as same as Magic please? I want Box television to adjust the size of these 2 channels. It hasn’t worked you promised yesterday that you told me good news that The Box and Kerrang will be 16:9 as same as magic. I want them channels adjusting on freesat+ receivers please.

  3. Hi The Box and Kerrang are 4:3 while Magic is filled the screen. Can’t you adjust The Box and Kerrang please as same as Magic please? I want Box television to adjust the size of these 2 channels. It hasn’t worked you promised yesterday that you told me good news that The Box and Kerrang will be 16:9 as same as magic. I want them channels adjusting on freesat+ receivers please.Hi have you made The Box and Kerrang the same size as magic?

  4. @ David, in case you’re not aware how message boards usually work, then let me point out to you that you’re probably heading for a ban, most probably via IP which means registering a new name won’t help.

    I don’t know if you are genuinely autistic or not, but either way you need to be patient as Admin will bring you news on this as soon as he can.

    Impatience will only stop you using the site in the future.

  5. David Pugh said:
    Hi have you made The Box and Kerrang the same size as magic?

    David, please stop posting the same message, final request.

  6. Hi can’t you make The Box and Kerrang the same size as Magic TV please? Adjust the size of these 2 channels same as Magic Tv. This is for Box television to adjust it on freesat +.

  7. David Pugh said:
    Hi can’t you make The Box and Kerrang the same size as Magic TV please? Adjust the size of these 2 channels same as Magic Tv. This is for Box television to adjust it on freesat +.

    Ok, game over David Pugh, now banned for acting in a very strange way!

  8. Magic is 16:9 widescreen;the others will at some stage David Pugh but you’ll have to wait for them to do so. It’s not Freesat that decides on the final transmitted format aspect ratio of the channels and it certainly isn’t the satellite providers SES-Astra or Eutelsat (which carry Freesat channels on the Sky/Freesat epg’s) that decide this. Also some broadcasters don’t have 16:9 capable studio/mobile cameras or 16:9 capable playout equipment and some don’t show 16:9 widescreen programmes hence 4:3 fullscreen only output live and recorded and/or 14:9 anamorphic widescreen output. The True channel portfolio, for example, is all 4:3 with anamorphic 14:9 commercial breaks.

  9. It’s great to have extra HD channels and I warmly welcome them.

    My gripe is that the BBC seem to broadcast very little with 5.1 sound since the loss of BBC HD and ITV HD (Central region but receive London) broadcast none. Only 4HD are giving the full experience and even then not in every case.

  10. MPD said:
    It’s great to have extra HD channels and I warmly welcome them.
    My gripe is that the BBC seem to broadcast very little with 5.1 sound since the loss of BBC HD and ITV HD (Central region but receive London) broadcast none. Only 4HD are giving the full experience and even then not in every case.

    5.1 dolby digital surround sound should be the norm on films, dramas, live outside broadcasts, music concerts, music festivals, sports events like boxing football cricket baseball basketball etc, some studio shows like gameshows and talent shows for example (it would be impossible to do 5.1 surround on studio shows where front left and right stereo sound is mainly used i.e. no audience applause).

  11. admin said: Ok, game over David Pugh, now banned for acting in a very strange way!

    He’ll be chuffed to know they are both now in widescreen!

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