An upgrade to the BBC iPlayer means viewers will be able to watch HD streams of BBC Alba and BBC Parliament alongside the rest of the BBC’s HD channels.
It coincides with other internal distribution changes at the BBC paving the way for additional regional versions of BBC One to go HD.
HD streams of both services are earmarked to go live on Thursday 21st October 2021. As yet, there’s no indication that the HD feeds will be available on traditional TV platforms, where both channels broadcast in standard definition. There is currently no capacity on Freeview for extra HD channels.
BBC Alba is the BBC’s gaelic language channel, operated in partnership with MG ALBA. It broadcasts from late afternoon until around midnight daily. It is broadcast in Scotland on Freeview, but can be received on other TV platforms across the UK. BBC Parliament provides live coverage of Westminster parliamentary proceedings. Earlier this year, it was turned in to a part-time channel. During the summer recess, it simulcast the BBC News Channel.
The BBC has not yet commented on the changes.