By Robert Briel
Published: October 21, 2010 11.05 Europe/London
The BBC has confirmed BBC One HD will launch on satellite on Wednesday, November 3. The channel will broadcast on the same Astra transponder as the current BBC HD pilot channel.
BBC One HD will simulcast a network version of the BBC One schedule for the first time. The channel see programmes including EastEnders, Holby City, The One Show, The Apprentice, The Weakest Link and QI move to HD. They will be broadcast alongside schedule highlights including Strictly Come Dancing, Human Planet and Waterloo Road.
BBC One in HD will be made available to all digital television platforms offering HD channels, Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media. It will be in addition to the existing BBC HD channel, which will continue to showcase the best of the rest of the BBC in HD.
Last May, Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD, said in a statement: “Audiences have already been enjoying many BBC One programmes in HD on our existing HD channel and the arrival of BBC One simulcast in HD will make it easier for them to find the programmes they love in high definition. BBC HD – the most popular HD channel in the UK – will continue to show programmes from across all BBC channels.”
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