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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, 7 January 2014

10:05 AM

David Western: Because, according to all research, typical viewers are not yet educated.

There's going to be another mass hand-over of TV frequencies to mobile broadband in 2019, and this requires TV viewers to have upgraded their Freeview equipment by 2018.

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Briantist's 38,903 posts GB flag

10:22 PM

Briantist: I suggested this habit of not using HD a little while back, but had the perfect example on Christmas day at my inlaws.

My father in law has a Panasonic HD recorder, and was setting it up to record the Queens Speech. He put on BBC1, and I reminded him that he could record it in HD. He said it was fine. I asked him if it was through habit that he used BBC1, and not the HD channel, and he said it was just that.

Its going to take time to get people to think HD automatically - so thats why there is a 'nag'. Far from forcing people to use HD, it just to remind them that they have something they've paid for, and which gives them a better picture.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 January 2014
Ian McD
7:05 PM

Does anyone know when CBeebies HD and BBC4 HD will be switched on at the Ridge Hill transmitter?

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Ian McD's 1 post GB flag

7:12 PM

Ian McD: Before Wimbledon.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag

7:21 PM

Ian McD: "April 2014", according the the Arqiva original timetable - Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice shows this.

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Briantist's 38,903 posts GB flag
Thursday, 2 October 2014
Friday, 4 December 2015
Paul Bale
7:57 PM

Will the Hastings transmitter ever get more HD channels when only a few miles away they are available to people? This is so unfair. I particularly want BBC4 programmes in HD. Now I have to go cap in hand to Rupert Murdoch in order to see these programmes which means paying for a service that is free to many other parts of the country.

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Paul Bale's 8 posts GB flag
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Mark A

6:09 PM

Paul Bale:
When BBC 3 closes down next year, they may move BBC 4 HD to the National BBC B HD multiplex. (Replacing BBC 3)
Or you could get a Freesat box and satellite dish.
Some of the UKTV channels are starting on Freesat this month, so you don't need a Sky subscription to view them.

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