The Beeb has today announced that they will be adding 5 new HD channels by early 2014 to their programming, available on the usual subscription free service, and will include BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD.

All of which will broadcast the same as their original stand-definition versions, but of course in HD.

The BBC also say that they will be hoping to launch these channels within the next six months, explaining the launch with the following statement:

“The five new BBC HD channels will be broadcast on satellite, covering approximately 99 per cent of UK homes from launch. On digital terrestrial television (Freeview HD and YouView), BBC Three HD and CBBC HD will use capacity on the BBC’s existing HD multiplex, which has 98.5 per cent coverage of UK homes.”

“BBC News HD, BBC Four HD and CBeebies HD will use new HD capacity, which will cover part of the UK and grow in coverage over time. Further information on this new digital terrestrial television capacity can be found in the press releases issued today by Ofcom and Arqiva.The five new HD channels will also be offered to TV platform operators that run their own networks, such as cable TV and IPTV operators.”

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