Regional versions of BBC One HD to be rolled-out in England

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Regional versions of BBC One in high definition will be rolled out in England next year, the company has announced.

Viewers with Freesat, Freeview, Sky and YouView devices will be able to watch HD without having to switch to standard viewing for local programming.

BBC One is already broadcast in HD in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on digital terrestrial and satellite platforms.

To deliver these improvements on Freesat and Sky devices, the BBC will no longer have local programs available in standard definition.

Kieran Clifton, BBC Distribution Director, said: “By spring next year, viewers in England will be able to receive BBC One HD for their region and will not have to log off to watch their news. and local programs.

“This, coupled with upgrades to BBC channels which are currently not available on some devices in HD, will mean that viewers will benefit from a more easily accessible and higher quality experience when watching BBC programmes. from early next year.”

Sky’s Glass, Virgin Media Cable, Stream, TV Box Pro and BT’s TV Box Mini all already have BBC One HD available in the region.

The BBC is aiming to roll out BBC One HD for Freeview, Sky, YouView and Freesat viewers by April 2023.

Satellite viewers on Sky and Freesat will also soon be able to enjoy HD versions of BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC ALBA and BBC Parliament.

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