BBC One Wales HD launched today and is now available for viewers in Wales on Freeview HD, Sky HD, Virgin Media, Freesat HD and YouView. This was announced on 11 January by Alix Pryde, Director of BBC Distribution.

This is good news for viewers in Wales who want the HD experience but also want Wales specific programming. No longer will our HD viewers have to keep on channel hopping from BBC One HD to the standard definition version of BBC One Wales when it’s time for BBC Wales Today.

It also means that a range of other programmes, such as this week’s editions of Welsh Towns (tonight featuring Wrexham), Wales in a Year and Police 24/7, are now available for the first time in high definition. We’ll also have many more high quality programmes from Wales in HD over the coming weeks and months.

Today’s launch is a result of significant investment in facilities and broadcast equipment – all the more significant given the current financial climate. This investment has been made to ensure that viewers in Wales have the best possible programmes, both editorially and technologically.

I hope viewers enjoy the new service.

Adrian Davies is Head of English Language Programmes and Services, BBC Cymru Wales.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Aviewer

    on 4 Feb 2013 13:26

    Now that we have BBC 1 Wales HD on digital freeview we do not have the choice of watching the mainstream BBC1 programmes which are shown when there is a regional variation. Previously we could watch the regional variation option on BBC1 Wales and the mainstream programme on BBC 1 HD. I accept that some of the regional programmes are excellent but I liked having the choice. I understand that Freesat viewer may still be able to access the main BBC channel. This change has given me less choice.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Briantist

    on 29 Jan 2013 14:35

    Is BBC Wales Today in HD, it's not clear from the post.

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