BBC HD (international)

BBC HD is an international high-definition television channel provided by BBC Studios. In many countries the channel has been replaced by other BBC Studios operations. At present, the channel is only available in Turkey, selected cruise ships and within the maritime industry.

It first launched in Australia. An Australian version of BBC HD was broadcast on the Foxtel HD+ service which was made available to subscribers on 2 June 2008 and was officially launched on 22 June 2008.[1] On 15 November 2009 it was replaced on Foxtel HD+ by UKTV HD.

During the first broadcast of BBC World News America, it was announced that BBC America HD would be launched in 2008. However, the HD version did not begin broadcasting until 20 July 2009.[2]

BBC HD started broadcasting to the Scandinavian countries in 2008.[3] A localised Latin American feed started in 2011.[4] In 2012 a Brazilian feed was created, though later that year, the Brazilian feed merged with that for the rest of the region, with separate audio and subtitle channels.

BBC First replaced BBC HD in Poland on 26 October 2018.[5]

Launched22 June 2008 (Australia & New Zealand)
3 December 2008 (Nordic region)
2008 (Scandinavia)
31 December 2010 (Romania)
2011 (Latin America)
2012 (Brazil)
10 January 2017 (Selected cruise ships)
Closed15 November 2009 (Australia & New Zealand)
2012 (Brazil)
5 January 2016 (Nordic region, excluding Turkey)
26 October 2018 (Poland)
Owned byBBC Studios
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Broadcast areaTurkey, selected cruise ships, maritime industry
Replaced byUKTV HD (Australia)
BBC Earth (Latin America)
BBC First (Poland)
Sister channel(s)BBC Entertainment
BBC Earth
BBC Brit
BBC First
BBC Lifestyle
BBC World News
Website[1] [2]
Channel 57
Channel 114
Channel 6

BBC HD Maritime

BBC HD was launched on P&O Cruises and Cunard cruise ships and is provided by Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) MTN TV network. The channel was launched on 10 January 2017 with the intention of expanding further into the maritime industry. The channel provides programmes in the genres; drama, comedy, factual entertainment, natural history, and documentaries. BBC HD also shows Eastenders, Holby City and Casualty at a similar time to their broadcast in the UK.[6]

BBC HD Nordics

BBC HD was a television channel broadcasting high-definition programming to Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. The channel is also included in HD Cable Platform Teledünya in Turkey.

The channel was launched on 3 December 2008 from the Canal Digital platform and YouSee in Denmark.[7] It was the third BBC HD channel overall (after the British BBC HD and BBC HD Australia), and the first in Continental Europe. The launch of BBC HD coincided with the launch of BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle and BBC Knowledge in Scandinavia.[8][9]

The channel broadcast round-the-clock and heavily featured BBC dramas and natural documentaries such as Bleak House and Planet Earth.

BBC HD ceased broadcast in the Nordic region on Tuesday 5 January 2016.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "BBC HD launches in Australia". 22 June 2008.
  2. ^ BBC America press release
  3. ^ BBC HD Scandinavia website
  4. ^ "Global BBC iPlayer to launch in Europe". Digital Spy. 14 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Premium British drama channel BBC First to launch in Poland". BBC. 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ "BBC Worldwide launches its first bespoke channel for cruise ships". BBC. 10 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Canal Digital opruster med 11 HD-kanaler". 3 December 2008.
  8. ^ "BBC HD makes its European debut as BBC Worldwide launches channel portfolio in Scandinavia" (Press release). BBC Worldwide Press Releases. 1 October 2008.
  9. ^ "BBC biffar upp i Sverige". Dagens Media. 13 November 2008.
  10. ^ "BBC Nordic FAQ".

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BBC Arabic Television

BBC Arabic Television (Arabic: بي بي سي عربي) is a television news channel broadcast to the Arab World by the BBC. It was launched on 11 March 2008. It is run by the BBC World Service and funded from the British television licence fee.

BBC Brit

BBC Brit is an entertainment subscription television channel featuring factual entertainment programming. The channel is wholly owned and operated by BBC Studios. Originally set to roll out internationally in 2014, it was later announced it would launch in 2015, starting in Poland.

BBC Canada

BBC Canada is a Canadian discretionary service that mostly broadcasts television series originally produced by the BBC, the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom. The channel is owned by Corus Entertainment, with a minority stake held by BBC Studios.

BBC Drama Village

The BBC Drama Village is a television production facility run by the BBC. It is operated by their BBC Birmingham branch and based largely at the Selly Oak campus of the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England.

The centre consists of five buildings. Archibald House and Melville House are Grade II listed arts and crafts-style former college buildings on the university campus. There are then three units on an industrial estate in nearby Stirchley. Facilities include studios and sets, wardrobe and technical departments and extensive post-production suites.

BBC Earth (Canada)

BBC Earth (formerly named Rush HD and radX) is a Canadian pay television channel owned by Blue Ant Media. The brand and much of its programming is licensed from BBC Worldwide, the commercial subsidiary of the BBC in the United Kingdom, who owns the originating BBC Earth channel. The channel broadcasts factual programming related to natural history and wildlife.

BBC Entertainment

BBC Entertainment is an international television channel broadcasting comedy, drama, light entertainment, reality and children's programming (some regions only) from the BBC, Channel 4 and other UK production houses. The channel broadcasts regional versions to suit local demands and replaced BBC Prime. It is wholly owned by BBC Studios.

BBC First (Dutch TV channel)

BBC First is a Dutch pay television channel dedicated to British television drama and crime series. It launched in the Netherlands on 16 May 2015 and in Belgium on 4 June 2015. The channel is distributed by BBC Benelux, a division of BBC Studios. It is the localised version of the internationally available BBC First, with Dutch subtitles, Dutch voice-overs between programmes and during commercial breaks, and localised advertisement. The programming consists not only of BBC productions, but also of productions of, among others, ITV.

BBC Food

BBC Food is a division of the BBC which controls a recipe website part of BBC Online and a former international commercial television channel focusing on food.

BBC Japan

BBC Japan was a television channel from the BBC available via satellite in Japan. Similar in format to BBC Prime (now BBC Entertainment), BBC Japan showed such BBC programmes as Blackadder and Fawlty Towers, with many of them subtitled in Japanese.The channel launched on December 1, 2004 and was available on Sky PerfecTV! satellite channel 110 and Online TV Company's IPTV service, but ceased broadcasting less than two years later.

BBC Lifestyle

BBC Lifestyle is an international television channel wholly owned by BBC Studios. The channel provides six programming strands: Food, Home & Design, Fashion & Style, Health, Parenting, and Personal Development.

BBC Look North

BBC Look North is a name used by the BBC for its local regional news programme in three regions in the North of England:

BBC Look North for the BBC North East and Cumbria region

BBC Look North for the BBC Yorkshire region

BBC Look North for the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire regionPrior to 1980, BBC North West Tonight for the BBC North West region, was also called BBC Look North.

BBC Oxford

BBC Oxford is the name given to the sub-opt out region serving Oxford and the surrounding areas. Its services include:

BBC Oxford News, the local news service called BBC Oxford on screen

BBC Radio Oxford, the local radio station occasionally branded as BBC Oxford 95.2FM.

BBC Prime

BBC Prime was the BBC's general entertainment TV channel in Europe and the Middle East from 30 January 1995 until 11 November 2009, when it was replaced by BBC Entertainment.

BBC Select

BBC Select was an overnight television service run by the BBC during the hours when BBC1 or BBC2 had closed down, usually between 2am and 6am. The channel showed programming intended for specialist audiences, such as businessmen, lawyers, nurses and teachers, and was designed to be viewed after broadcast via a video recording. It was funded by a subscription, and most programming was scrambled.

BBC South Asia

BBC South Asia (also referred to as BBC News South Asia or BBC World News South Asia) is an English-language South Asian based television news channel, featuring South Asian news and aimed at viewers in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

BBC Two Wales

BBC Two Wales is the national variation of BBC Two for BBC Cymru Wales. It is broadcast to Wales from Broadcasting House in Cardiff. The channel can opt out from the main BBC Two schedule to show Welsh made programming, however this is used less frequently than in the past.

From 5 November 2001 until 2 January 2009, BBC Two Wales was the name of the analogue service broadcasting to Wales, and was the brand used on the digital service outside the broadcasting hours used by BBC 2W. BBC 2W was the sister channel to BBC Two Wales, until the Digital Switchover saw the end of analogue broadcasts in Wales. The specific BBC 2W service was closed down and the BBC Two Wales brand used.

BBC World Service Television

BBC World Service Television, often abbreviated to WSTV (World Service Television), was the name of two BBC international satellite television channels between 1991 and 1995. It was the BBC's first foray into worldwide television broadcasting. In Europe, it was the successor to BBC TV Europe, which it replaced on 11 March 1991. The service was also launched in Asia as a 24-hour news and information service with minor differences, a precursor to BBC World News, launched on 14 October 1991.Unlike the BBC World Service at the time, it was not funded by the British government with a grant-in-aid. Instead, it was funded either by subscription or by commercial advertising, with advertisements that were inserted locally by the cable or satellite providers. In the years that followed, where not broadcast via a particular local provider, the BBC would insert news headlines, trailers for their own programming, and other updates to fill the gaps, these being known as "break fillers".

Broadcasting House, Cardiff

Broadcasting House is the purpose-built headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales' radio, television and online services, situated in north Cardiff. The building opened in 1966 and consists of three blocks housing studios, offices and technical facilities.

The building houses the national broadcaster for Wales, providing a range of English and Welsh language content for audiences across Wales on television, radio and online.

Quentin Tod

Quentin Tod (27 December 1884 – 5 May 1947), sometimes credited as Quentin Todd, was a British actor, dancer, choreographer, television pioneer, and a devotee of Meher Baba.

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