BBC1 HD channel to launch in autumn


The BBC is launching a BBC1 HD channel this autumn to complement its existing BBC HD service, which broadcasts high definition output from all the corporation's TV services.

BBC1 shows including EastEnders, Holby City, The One Show, The Apprentice, Weakest Link and QI will be moving to HD by the end of the year.

Other BBC1 shows including Songs of Praise, Casualty, Match of the Day, A Question of Sport and Blue Peter will also eventually be shot in HD.

The BBC is aiming to have the majority of BBC1's evening schedule available in HD in time for the launch this autumn, the "vast majority" of the network's output to be in HD by 2012.

BBC1 HD is to be available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

The BBC HD channel's schedule will focus on output from the corporation's other TV channels, including BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, CBBC and CBeebies.

BBC HD, which launched in December 2007, will also be extending its transmission hours from nine to 12 a day.


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