The BBC have announced they are launching new subscription free HD channels in early 2014. The new channels will be BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD. This essentially means that all the BBC content will be available in HD via Satellite and terrestrial broadcast with most of the HD content also being available on demand via BBC iPlayer. The BBC are also proposing to launch regional versions of BBC One HD. So make sure you have that DVB-T2 tuner card for your Media Center.

Details from the BBC

The BBC today announced it will launch five new subscription-free BBC HD channels. The new channels – BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD – will launch by early 2014 and will be offered to all digital television platforms that carry HD channels.*

The new channels will broadcast the same programmes as their standard definition equivalents in HD, giving viewers access to a further 250 hours of HD programmes per week than is currently available from the BBC. The majority of HD programmes from these channels will also be available to watch on demand via BBC iPlayer.

In addition, within the next six months, the BBC will present to the BBC Trust a proposal covering the technical options and timetable to launch English Regional variants of BBC One HD and variants of BBC Two HD for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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