Changes are being made to the way some channels are broadcast on Freeview. You may need to retune your TV equipment to continue watching programmes when these take place in your area. You can also find helpful FAQs at the bottom of this page. You may be eligible for free in-home support, including aerial work if needed. Please note, if you choose to independently arrange for an aerial engineer to carry out work, we are not obliged to refund any costs you incur.
About BBC Studios
Approaching a decade after the launch of BBC One in high definition, the BBC is apparently still unable to show regional programmes on the channel. Instead, several times a day it shows a red screen saying that programming will resume shortly. As a message to viewers it is unacceptably complacent. This is backed by rather irritating loops of video with music and sound effects, including barking dogs. The slide says the regional programme is now on another channel, where it is available in standard definition and that programming will resume shortly on BBC One HD. In the case of the early evening regional news that is 25 minutes later, with a regular loss of viewers to other channels.
BBC Studios channels are available in these regions
Tuesday 16 October , I gave my last update on our HD services here in May Since then, we have continued to try to find ways to address gaps in the HD portfolio. In its place, satellite and cable viewers will receive the standard version of BBC Two. We are working with colleagues in BBC Scotland on their launch plans for next year, and on the details of where you will be able to find the new channel. We have been able to improve the performance of our HD encoders — and when combined with a small increase in capacity on our HD satellite transponders are able to introduce one additional HD service per transponder. For the more technically-minded, the capacity increase will be realised by applying a different Forward Error Correction parameter in the standard DVB-S2 transmission mode. However, we have identified a reception issue with the new satellite transmission mode, and in very particular reception and installation conditions, which affects a small number of TVs and PVRs from certain manufacturers with built-in satellite Freesat tuners. Further information can be found here on our Reception Advice pages.
The service was initially run as a trial from 15 May until becoming a full service on 1 December before closing on 26 March It broadcast only during the afternoon and evening and only broadcast material shot in High Definition , either in a simulcast with another channel or by inserting a repeat of an HD programme. The channel was replaced by an HD simulcast of BBC Two , partly as a result of budget cuts affecting the entire corporation. The trial by businesses and homes was set to last until June , however just before this deadline the BBC Trust began a Public Value Test of the service to determine whether, as the BBC argued, the service was of worth to the general public. As a result, the HD service was extended throughout the testing period which began on 21 May. The result of the test was announced on 19 November that they had approved the BBC Executive's high definition television proposals to allow the launch of UK's first free-to-air, mixed-genre public service HD channel. The channel officially launched on 1 December although much of the programme makeup and format of the broadcasts remained the same from the trial.