BBC plans more HD channels
Following the launch of an HD simulcast of BBC 1, the UK public broadcaster will launch an HD version of BBC 2 and, in the future, possibly also HD versions of its other free-to-air channels. Danielle Nagler, head of HD and 3D TV at the BBC, said that the BBC would launch additional HD channels as soon as it achieves sufficient critical mass of native HD programming to run a ‘true HD’ prime-time schedule.
“What’s important to us moving to simulcast is to have genuine HD content; it’s important that an HD channel carries a significant amount of HD content,” Nagler told Informa’s Digital TV Summit (1st December). “We have over half of the peak-time content in HD now on BBC 1, but we are not currently in that position with BBC 2 or the other channels. When we feel we can offer it we will launch; and I have no doubt that BBC 3 HD and BBC 4 HD will follow in due course.”
Source: Digital TV Europe.net
Item added: 6th December 2010