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Want to watch BBC three or CBBC in HD? You need to retune your Freeview box

When the BBC HD channel changed to just showing BBC TWO programs, viewers of the other five BBC TV networks lost out. The BBC are going to launch two of them shortly, so retune your Freeview HD box.

Younger viewers deserve to have their BBC programs in high definition.    Photograph: Shutterstock
Younger viewers deserve to have their BBC programs in high definition. Photograph: Shutterstock
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OK, not too much to look at today, but if you retune your Freeview HD (or Youview) box you will see two text screens:



Channel 73 is for CBBC HD, and 105 for BBC three HD (sorry, Channel 5 HD, you have missed your Freeview slot!)

Thanks to the ever-vigilant Sharealam for spotting that, as well as 63 being ITV3+1.



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Tuesday, 15 October 2013
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Nicholas Willmott
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:12 PM

OK, so they're currently using:
101 BBC One HD
102 BBC Two HD
103 ITV1 HD
104 Channel 4 HD

So wouldn't it be more sensible to have
107 BBC Three HD
170 CBBC HD

In other words, 100 higher than the equivalent SD version.

That'll leave placeholders for the other BBC channels:
109 BBC Four HD
171 CBeebies HD
180 BBC News HD
181 BBC Parliament HD

and (if they want it)
105 Channel 5 HD

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conor
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:24 PM

time for channel 5 to be forced to put there hd channel on to both freeview and freesat and for itv and channel 4 to launch on more hd channel also on freeview and freesat eg itv 4 hd or more 4 hd do any body else agree with me on this and yktv channel on freesat also

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Dave
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

10:10 PM

Yes 5 HD should be forced by the govt to be on 105 or any channel, way over due, crazy situation, BBC dominate yet again

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MikeB
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10:27 PM

Dave: perhaps rather than blaming the BBC, we should blame Channel 5 - its they who do not want to go onto HD Freeview.

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MikeB's 2,577 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:36 PM

... Or Sky for their HD exclusive marketing cross subsidy.

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013
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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:11 AM

Briantist: Didn't even need to retune my Samsung Freeview HD TV - the channels showed up automatically. Wonder if that is part of the Freeview HD spec?

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John Clemence
8:42 AM

I expect that BBC4HD will follow very shortly but given the type of material that it shows, i.e. arts, history, music, all manor of documentary material which would look and may sound better form an HD source it came as a bit of a surprise to me that the BBC would start with BBC3HD. That's not say that there isn't some good stuff on 3 which won't also be better for the up-grade - I'm just wondering why the decision and why one (either one) before the other?

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Ian from notts
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8:51 AM
Matlock

Micheal- Its generally part of TV spec, and a main reason for leaving a TV in standby overnight, Over The Air updates

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Briantist
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8:55 AM

John Clemence: BBC FOUR HD/CBeebies HD as well as BBC News HD will be starting on the two new HD multiplexes.

CBBC and BBC three have the highest viewing figures, it makes sense for them to go first.

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