The BBC is accelerating its switch to HD. The broadcaster has confirmed the full timetable for the transition of all regions to HD on Sky and Freesat.
The transition will complete in late February, meaning Sky and Freesat users will be able to benefit far earlier than the original end of March deadline first announced by the BBC late last year.
England, Isle of Man, Channel Islands: HD launch and SD removal.
The changes involve the launch of regional BBC One in HD on Sky and Freesat channel 101. At the same time, the SD version of BBC One is replaced by single UK wide versions of the channels until 2024. Scroll down to see the full timetable.
Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales: SD removal.
The BBC already offers localised versions of BBC One in high definition in the nations on all platforms. These already appear on channel 101 on Sky+HD, Sky Q and Freesat HD/4K TVs/boxes. These changes involve the closure of the SD copy of localised BBC channels on Sky satellite and Freesat only.
BBC One HD regional rollout timetable: Sky satellite and Freesat
Source: BBC. Information correct as of 23/01/23.
|Region or Nation|
Channel Islands News
East Midlands Today
|East Yorkshire and Lincs|
Look North (Hull)
BBC London News
|North East & Cumbria|
Look North (Newcastle)
|North West (incl. IoM)|
North West Today/Tonight
South East Today
Look North (Leeds)
*Freesat receivers will begin to be updated in the afternoon. Older Humax Freesat receivers models will update overnight in the early hours of the following morning.
Sky receivers will update during the course of the day. After regional HD services have launched, the old SD copy of the region will be deleted. Older Sky boxes will switch to BBC One Nightlight, a UK-wide version of BBC One, with information about SD-switch-off in lieu of regional programmes.
Other BBC channels upgrading to HD on satellite
- BBC Alba will launch in HD on 6th February (Freesat), 7th February (Sky satellite)
- BBC RB1 will launch in HD on 13th February (Freesat), 14th February (Sky satellite)
- BBC Parliament will launch in HD on 20th February (Freesat), 21st February (Sky satellite).
The BBC also plans to improve the streaming quality of these channels on the BBC iPlayer.