BBC To Launch Five New Free HD Channels

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The BBC has announced that five new free HD channels will be added to their line-up by early next year.

Getting the high definition treatment are BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC, which will broadcast alongside their current standard definition equivalents.

Most of the new HD content will also be available on iPlayer, while the corporation says it amounts to a total of 250 hours extra HD programming per week.

Over 50% of homes in the UK are now HD enabled, with reports estimating that number will grow to 80 per cent by 2016 and 90 per cent by 2019.

The news comes in the wake of the BBC dropping support for 3D for at least the next three years after this November’s Dr Who 50th Anniversary special.

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, said: ‘BBC One HD and BBC Two HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I’m delighted that we’re able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014. These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best.’

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