Following the launch of BBC One HD on ASTRA 2D on December 3, the BBC will be launching further high definition channels for the UK, to mirror existing standard definition broadcasts, said BBC Head of HD and 3D TV, Danielle Nagler.
Nagler told the Digital TV Summit in London that HD content on all BBC channels is increasing and when a sufficient proportion of prime time programming on a channel is available in HD, an HD simulcast channel would be started. BBC Two will be the next HD channel and BBC3 HD and BBC4 HD will “follow in due course.”
Further BBC high definition channels will broadcast as part of Freesat, via the ASTRA satellites at 28.2°E, said Nagler, and the lack of capacity for HD channels via the UK’s Freeview digital terrestrial service would not prevent the launch of BBC HD channels via ASTRA.
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