BBC2 HD channel to launch in March

The new subscription-free venture launches on Tuesday 26 March and will replace the existing BBC HD channel

The BBC has announced plans to launch BBC2 HD at 6:00am on Tuesday 26 March, replacing the existing BBC HD channel which went live in December 2007 as the UK’s first, free-to-air high-definition TV channel.  


Following the introduction of BBC1 HD back in November 2010, BBC2 HD will broadcast a simultaneous version of the BBC2 schedule, available subscription-free on all digital television platforms.

The move will make a raft of existing programmes available in HD for the very first time, including Paul Hollywood – Bread, The Fall, Science Brittanica and Keeping Britain Alive. 

The new channel will be found on Sky HD (169), Freeview HD/YouView (102), Virgin Media (187), Freesat HD (109) and BT Vision (852). 

Controller of BBC2, Janice Hadlow, said: “BBC1 HD has already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I’m delighted that we’re able to follow this with the launch of BBC2 in HD.


“The launch of BBC2 HD will alllow us to showcase more of our programmes at their very best – helping to highlight our commitment to high quality, engaging and ambitious programmes on BBC2.