The BBC has announced that they will be launching five new subscription-free HD channels. The new channels, which will launch in early 2014, will include BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD & CBBC HD and will be available on all services that carry HD channels.
“BBC One HD and BBC Two HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I’m delighted that we’re able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014″, said Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC. “These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best.”
The HD channels will offer the same content as their SD equivalents which the BBC said would give viewers access to a further 250 hours of HD programmes per week than is currently available. The vast majority of HD programmes offered on these channels would also be offered on BBC iPlayer. Furthermore, the BBC is set to present a plan to the BBC Trust to launch English Regional versions of BBC One HD and versions of BBC Two HD for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The launch of HD equivalents of BBC Three and BBC Four have been expected for some time and are expected to arrive just as BBC Four is set to premiere the third season of US comedy Parks and Recreation and a number of European dramas in early 2014.