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BBC One HD To Launch Within Months

The High definition revolution marches on as the Beeb announced that it would be launching a HD version of BBC One this autumn in normal and in live online version AKA simulcast.

The changes will happen on all the main media - Freesat HD, Freeview HD, Sky and Virgin Media and will include the popular programmes like EastEnders, Holby City and the One Show.

The daily amount of HD content will increase from nine to 12 hours a day and the corporation hopes that by 2012, all the BBC one programmes will be available as HD content.

Obviously to receive higher definition content, you will need to upgrade your existing set top box and in the worst cases, get a new box altogether.

Virgin Media already offers HD content for free provided that you buy its £49 Virgin V HD box while punters will need to get new Freeview HD boxes or Freesat HD boxes, both available for around £80.

Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision, commented on the release added that "BBC HD has established itself as the most popular HD service and these changes are important next steps in improving that service further, providing an opportunity to showcase the wide variety of BBC programmes in the highest possible quality."

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.