2012 was a year of many distribution milestones for the BBC and in 2013 the Distribution team is looking forward to a good few more. Readers of my earlier blog will know that last year we began to launch national variants of BBC One HD starting with Northern Ireland on 24 October (alongside the final Digital Switchover event in the UK). 

I’m delighted to confirm that we are going to launch BBC One Scotland HD on 14 January on Freeview HD, Sky HD, Virgin Media, Freesat HD and YouView with BBC One Wales HD to follow on 29 January.

BBC One Scotland HD and BBC One Wales HD will take over from BBC One HD in the electronic programme guide (EPG) for viewers in Scotland and Wales on the date of launch so these are the channel numbers where you will find them:

The beauty of this launch is that you shouldn’t have to do anything to start receiving the new services. If you live in Scotland or Wales you should just see your new version of BBC One HD appear on the current BBC One HD channel number.

For viewers who have satellite reception that’s not provided by Sky or Freesat boxes, you’ll need to know that we will be broadcasting these two services on the new DSat8 transponder, we’ll publish the details of DSat8 on our satellite reception advice page when the services launch.

If you do find that after the relevant launch date you aren’t getting the version of BBC One HD you would expect then:

If you have Freeview HD or YouView and live in Scotland or Wales, your receiver should pick up the changes automatically but if you experience a problem you can go to Digital UK’s TV retune website for advice on how to retune.

 

If you have Sky, you should not have to do anything. If you do have an issue receiving any of our channels after these dates, you can try unplugging your Sky set top box, waiting 30 seconds and plugging it back in again. If that doesn’t resolve your problem it’s best to contact Sky on 0844 241 1653

 

If you have Virgin Media your new version of BBC One HD will appear automatically if you live in Scotland or Wales.

 

If you have Freesat HD and you are having problems you may need to put your digital box or TV into standby for 30 seconds and then switch it back on again. If the channels are still unavailable then carry out a 'Freesat channel retune'. Full instructions can be found in the manual for your digital TV or box. Further help with retuning can be found at www.freesat.co.uk or by calling the Freesat customer support team on 08450 990 990.

I’m sure some of you are curious to know what the reasoning is behind why these services have been prioritised over other services for launching in HD. I hope you will find the explanation I gave in this blog post helpful in that regard.

I thought you might also appreciate an update on the progress of the transition of BBC HD into BBC Two HD. The plan is for that to happen in a few months' time.

In the meantime, I hope our viewers in Scotland and Wales as well as Northern Ireland enjoy the expansion of our HD service on BBC One.

Alix Pryde is Director, BBC Distribution

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by thejordans59

    on 22 Jan 2013 20:17

    If I live in Scotland and have Sky will I be able to add BBC 1 HD England as an "other channel" by adding it manually? If yes how do I do it?

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by RobRoy

    on 21 Jan 2013 22:25

    In Spain here, can't get BBC Scot HD, because its not on Astra 1N!! Currently Transponder 61 has moved to Astra 2F late last year. You would have thought BBC technical page would be accurate and up to date especially as the HD BBC Scot only started on friday!!!

    Transponder 61 11.023 Horizontal - BBC DSAT8 (UK Spotbeam) ASTRA 2F not available in SW Spain, BBC Scot SD at 96% quality, better than in Glasgow!!!! Date of post 21/1/13

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by davedpg

    on 17 Jan 2013 14:52

    I'm a Welsh viewer and there is no way that I want BBC One Wales HD. Having the English version of the channel on Freeview was brilliant for avoiding some of the rubbish that BBC Wales produces.

    For example, for the American Grand Prix highlights in November, BBC Wales decided to show a documentary while BBC One England went on with highlights at 10.25pm instead of 10.55pm on BBC Wales.

    That example happens very regularly with BBC Wales and is very frustrating. People were happy enough to let go of S4C Cirlun afterall.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by maelor

    on 16 Jan 2013 20:33

    I live in London and currently receive BBC Wales on Freesat 964 and BBC 1 Scotland on Freesat 960 (both of which I use a lot!) Will I be able to watch BBC1 Wales HD and BBC 1 Scotland HD somewhere on the 900s?

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Briantist

    on 16 Jan 2013 12:48

    @welshkid: The BBC can't swap out 101 for the HD service, as there will be no English regions in HD to swap. http://www.ukfree.tv/helpme.php?faqid=10

    The same goes for 102 for BBC TWO HD when it starts, as it will be a UK-wide service, and 102 has four nations.

    All the other BBC channels don't have HD versions, but they COULD swap in the Sky EPG if/when they start, as they are all UK-wide.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by neil201

    on 16 Jan 2013 01:20

    Thank you for that Sue, it's interesting that people have picked up on the lack of an outlet for BBC Three and Four HD content. Why not just keep BBC HD going alongside BBC Two HD for a period of time until more DTT Mux's come on-air as lets be honest, it's only this stopping the BBC expanding their HD portfolio. If they wanted to on Cable and DSAT they could launch all their services in HD tomorrow as the bandwidth is currently there.

    If there's no plans for a taker of the fifth HD slot on DTT after this third attempt at advertising it then I believe the beeb should look at keeping BBC HD as a going concern for at least another year.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Sue_Aitch

    on 15 Jan 2013 11:52

    You may be interested in the correspondence between BBC staff on http://www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/19873617 about the future of BBC HD and 3D.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by xHellStormx

    on 14 Jan 2013 14:10

    and what about the BBC's 3D content, on which channel will that be shown (although there's a serious lack of 3D content).

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by xHellStormx

    on 14 Jan 2013 14:07

    I don't see why the BBC cannot keep the BBC HD channel as well as launch BBC Two HD.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by wednesday83

    on 13 Jan 2013 14:36

    @keithinlife Ok well if that content will be in HD then thats fine. But wheres the transponder space coming from for these channels? There simply is not room on the current one used on sky. BBC is a joke at the moment.

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