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On the tenth day of Christmas Auntie brought to me ... five more HD channels

It is confirmed. If you use Freesat HD, Sky HD or Freeview HD, the BBC have five more HD channels for you from December 10th.

Everyone is happy to see Auntie in her best definition!  Photograph: Shutterstock
Everyone is happy to see Auntie in her best definition! Photograph: Shutterstock
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It would seem the BBC are going to have five HD channels for many UK homes in plenty of time for Christmas.

Here is the evidence. First, YouView is listing the channels from 7am/7pm on 10 December 2013.

And if you look into space, you can see the channels lined on satellite too.

Remember that for Freeview HD viewers, you need to use the Crystal Palace (London), Belmont (Lincolnshire), Black Hill (Central Scotland), Emley Moor (West and South Yorkshire) and Winter Hill (Greater Manchester) transmitters to get BBC FOUR HD, CBeebies HD and BBC News HD.

UPDATE 9/12/13

The channel numbers are:

Sky HD subscribers will get the HD channels on the "usual" channel numbers: CBBCHD on 613 , CBeebies HD on 614 , BBC Three HD on 115 and BBC Four HD 116. (Virgin will get CBBCHD on 710, CBeebies HD on 711, BBC Three HD on 163, BBC Four HD 164 and BBC News HD 604).

See BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - CBBC HD, CBeebies HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD & BBC News HD launch Tuesday 10 December 2013 for more.

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Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Jim J (NG14 6**)
9:37 PM

Thanks Briantist,
Out of interest I've just completed a manual tune for mux. Com 7 (Ch 33) (Belmont). I'm receiving 100% both signal strength and quality. Al-Jazeera is broadcasting its programming;
the BBC is showing the 'Coming soon' caption on 74, 105,106 &107 but nothing on 73 (CBBC HD).
Zilch from Waltham on 31

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Dave Lindsay

9:45 PM

Jim J (NG14 6**): COM7 from Waltham doesn't come on air until some time in 2014.

On 10th December Sutton Coldfield's COM7 comes on air and it will be co-channel with that of Belmont.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

9:56 PM

Does anyone know if the Sky HD and Freesat HD channels numbers will be the same as the SD ones for these five channels?

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

10:09 PM

Any idea of the EPG numbers on Sky Brian ?

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PJH's 240 posts GB flag

10:09 PM

PJH: hopefully they still just replace the SD versions!

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
11:28 PM

BBC News HD has been active (Testing) on Satellite for several days, it's 1080i but looks like upscaled SD. BBC3 HD and BBC4 HD are active in programs testing tonight, previously just test cards and DD5.1 audio test, both do look like 1080i

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

12:34 AM

Oh ok then but what I really want is Ch 5 HD ! Yes BBC News HD is upscalling at the moment but still looks far better... Looking forward to seeing Click in true HD

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P. Kieran Ward

12:41 AM

Brian: There are lots of viewers that don't as yet have receivers that have a DVB-T2 tuner so if my understanding is correct, these stations were only to be available in HD, their receivers can't decode the signal.

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Dave Lindsay

12:43 AM

Dave: Channel 5 doesn't wish to pay for its HD stream to go on Freeview. It's only available on Sky's subscription platform.

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Mike Davison

1:12 AM

CBBC/BBC3, CBEEBIES/BBC4 and BBCNEWS HD alternatives all appear to be in full service from satellite from around 11:30am yesterday 4/12/2013 but only running under numbered labels.

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