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BBC One HD Channel Goes Live Within Days

BBC has announced that it will launch the BBC One HD channel on the 3rd of November, simulcasting it with BBC One, on Freesat HD and Freeview HD.

Viewers will be able to tune in on Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108 while the existing BBC HD channel will move to Freeview channel 54, Sky channel 169, and Virgin Media channel 187 respectively.

Daniel Nagler, head of HD at the corporation, said that "The arrival of the UK's favourite channel in HD - as a second HD channel from the BBC - will increase the range and choice of HD programming we can offer the ever growing HD audience".

Arguably, one of the reasons for the apparent slow start of Freesat and Freeview HD resides in the fact that there are not enough HD free to air channels to convince users to upgrade their existing TV sets and set top boxes.

Some have also expressed their concerns over the fact that Freesat HD and Freeview HD are competing against one another with Freesat HD likely to be the loser because it requires a satellite dish, unlike Freeview HD which uses existing aerials.

Désiré Athow
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 ITProPortal.com 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.