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Freeview and Sky TV boost as BBC finally confirms long-awaited upgrade


It has been a really very long time coming however the BBC has now confirmed that its local news services are finally switching over to full High Definition. Anyone who commonly watches BBC One HD can be well aware of the irritating red holding screen and countdown clock that pops up once the national news ends and things move over to regional programming.

Currently, there is not any solution to view local news in pin-sharp quality with users having to change over to Stanard Definition (SD) channels to see what’s happening of their area.

It’s long been a frustration for UK homes but things are about to vary with the BBC confirming that all the things will get the complete High Definition treatment early next yr.

The corporation says that it goals to roll out BBC One HD in England for Freeview, Sky, YouView and Freesat viewers by April 2023 meaning all content can be available to view at this much higher standard.

Satellite viewers on Sky and Freesat will even see an upgrade to the remainder of the BBC’s channels with HD versions of BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC ALBA and BBC Parliament being added soon.

The one downside of this regional roll out is that the BBC is having to shut down its SD versions of channels on the digital satellite platform.

This, the BBC says, will not be a choice that’s been taken flippantly because it means anyone with an  SD-only satellite device will lose some popular channels. Nonetheless, it has been confirmed that the variety of homes with this ageing technology is now a much-reduced level and delaying the switch over any longer would deny the advantage of all BBC channels being available in HD to a much greater proportion of the audience.

Speaking in regards to the update Kieran Clifton, BBC Director of Distribution says: “By Spring next yr, viewers in England will give you the chance to receive BBC One HD for his or her region and never should tune away to observe their local news and programming. This, coupled with upgrades to BBC channels that aren’t currently available on some devices in HD, will mean viewers will get a more easily accessible, higher quality experience when watching BBC programmes from early next yr.”

News of this variation comes as Freeview has just announced some more updates to its service with a recent channel being added and one being removed for good.

From this week, Freeview users will now give you the chance to access Alaraby TV on channel 279. This service offers Arabic speaking public television which broadcasts news, political, social, and cultural value entertainment programmes.

Meanwhile, Quest Red+ 1 is being scrapped from the channel list and ROK is moving from its usual spot on channel 276 and moving to channel 280.

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