bbc1-surfersThe BBC has confirmed channel numbers for BBC One HD on the four main digital TV platforms, along with details about the launch night schedule.
the high definition simulcast of BBC One will launch on the evening of November 3. It will be available on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.
Starting at 7pm, the launch night for BBC One HD will feature a series of programmes produced in native HD, including The One Show and new series Wallace and Gromit: World of Inventions. The channel will also air HD versions of Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers, Jimmy’s Food Factory, The Apprentice and Film 2010.
Moving forward, BBC One HD will broadcast Strictly Come Dancing, Children in Need, Antiques Roadshow, Countryfile,
The Graham Norton Show and The Royal Variety Show, all in HD.

Any programmes not produced in native HD will be still be available on the channel, but upscaled to the higher picture quality.
The BBC hopes that the vast majority of BBC One content will be available in full HD by 2012, including all news and current affairs output.
BBC Vision director Jana Bennett said: “Whether it is seeing the flicker of irritation on Lord Sugar’s face in a boardroom showdown or watching the beads of sweat fly from the dancers on Strictly, BBC One HD is the biggest sign yet that HD viewing is now part of the mainstream.”
The existing BBC HD channel will continue showing selected content from BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four, including Top Gear and Wimbledon coverage. It will also broadcast some of the final races from this year’s Moto GP in HD as a trial run for the sport.
Danielle Nagler, the BBC’s head of HD & 3D, said: “The arrival of the UK’s favourite channel in HD – as a second HD channel from the BBC – will increase the range and choice of HD programming we can offer the ever growing HD audience.

“The existing BBC HD channel has been hugely successful. It will continue to show programmes from across all BBC channels, to allow all HD viewers to find programming they can enjoy. And it will now have space to accommodate more hours of new HD programmes from the BBC.”
Also today, the BBC announced that EastEnders will commence broadcasting in HD for the first time on Christmas Day.
Bryan Kirkwood, EastEnders executive producer, said: “Christmas Day in Walford is traditionally, turkey, tinsel and turmoil for the residents of Albert Square.
“This year will be even more spectacular with viewers having the opportunity the watch the festive drama unfold in HD for the first time.”
EastEnders will join Holby City, which made the transition to HD on October 18. The hospital drama will continue to air on BBC HD until BBC One HD launches.
From November 3, BBC HD will be available on Freesat channel 109, Freeview channel 54, Sky channel 169 and Virgin Media channel 187.

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