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New BBC HD Channels: Can I get them on Freeview and YouView?

Some of the new BBC HD channels, BBC Four HD, BBC News, and Cbeebies HD won’t be available on Freeview and YouView everywhere from launch. 

While all digital terrestrial customers will be able to enjoy BBC Three HD and CBBC HD, half of all Freeview HD and YouView homes won’t get the other three channels. 

Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat customers should be able to get all the channels, but if you’ve got a Freeview HD TV or a YouView-based service like TalkTalk TV or BT TV, you might be left out in the cold. 

The Emley Moor transmitter will bring five new HD channels to Yorkshire homes

By the summer of 2014, 70 per cent of the UK will be able to tune into all of the new channels. There isn’t a more detailed rollout plan available right now. 

What we do know is that other parts of the UK besides the four capital cities, will be able to get all of the channels from December 10 onwards. 

Below is a short list of transmitters which will be broadcasting all of the new BBC HD channels from launch. If you’re not sure about coverage in your area, head over to Digital UK’s coverage checker page to see which channels you’ll be getting and when. 

New BBC HD channels coming to Freeview HD and YouView in England

If you get your digital TV signal from one of the following transmitters, you should be able to pick up all of the new BBC HD channels: 

  • Winter Hill
  • Belmont
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Emley Moor
  • Sandy Heath
  • Crystal Palace

New BBC HD channels coming to Freeview and YouView in Northern Ireland

Homes getting digital TV from the Divis transmitter will be able to get all of the new BBC HD channels from launch. 

New BBC HD channels coming to Freeview and YouView in Scotland

Places in Scotland receiving signals from the Black Hill and Craigkelly transmitters will be able to get all of the new channels from December 10 onwards. 

New BBC HD channels coming to Freeview and YouView in Wales 

Homes which pick up TV signals from the Wenvoe transmitter in Wales will be able to get BBC Four HD, BBC News HD and Cbeebies HD alongside BBC Three HD and CBBC HD. 

My city or town isn’t listed here. What’s happening? 

Check with Digital UK for more information on coverage in your area. You’ll be able to perform a postcode check, click on ‘available channels’ and scroll down to find out which of the channels will be coming to your neck of the woods from launch. 

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