List of HD channels in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of current high definition channels that are available in the United Kingdom, together with those coming in the future, and those that have ceased broadcasting.

All eighty-one HD channels in the UK broadcast at 1080i, except on Freeview, where HD channels can dynamically switch between 1080i50 and 1080p25.

There are currently twelve channels available to Freesat viewers, ten channels available to Freeview viewers, eighty channels available to Sky viewers and sixty channels available to Virgin TV viewers.[n 1] However some channels may not be available in all areas because of issues such as ITV licence restrictions or limited capacity.

HD channels[edit]

Channel name Content Type Owner/parent company Launch date
Alibi HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2012/07/03
Animal Planet HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Western Europe 2012/02/27
BBC One HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 2] BBC 2010/11/03
BBC One Northern Ireland HD[n 3] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2012/10/24
BBC One Scotland HD[n 4] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/01/14
BBC One Wales HD[n 5] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/01/29
BBC Two HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/03/26
BBC Three HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/12/10
BBC Four HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/12/10
BBC News HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/12/10
BoxNation HD 100% HD Live events only Nation Media 2014/02/15
British Eurosport HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast TF1 Group/Discovery Communications 2012/07/25
British Eurosport 2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast TF1 Group/Discovery Communications 2012/09/03
BT Sport 1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2013/08/01
BT Sport 2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2013/08/01
Cartoon Network HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner) 2011/09/14
CBBC HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/12/10
CBeebies HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/12/10
Channel 4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Channel Four Television Corporation 2007/12/10
Channel 5 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Northern & Shell 2010/07/13
CI HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting) 2008/11/05
Comedy Central HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Paramount UK Partnership (Paramount British Pictures/British Sky Broadcasting) 2010/08/09
Dave HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2011/10/10
Discovery HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Western Europe 2006/05/22
Disney Channel HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Disney–ABC Television Group 2011/09/15
Disney Junior HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Disney–ABC Television Group 2013/04/09
Disney XD HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Disney–ABC Television Group 2010/10/18
E! HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast NBCUniversal 2012/10/08
E4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Channel Four Television Corporation 2009/12/14
Eden HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2010/10/04
ESPN HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2009/08/03
Film4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Channel Four Television Corporation 2010/07/20
Fox HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Fox International Channels (News Corporation) 2008/04/28
Good Food HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2010/08/31
History HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting) 2006/10/26
ITV HD[n 6] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast ITV plc 2008/06/07
ITV2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc) 2010/10/07
ITV3 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc) 2010/11/15
ITV4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc) 2010/11/15
Lifetime HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/British Sky Broadcasting) 2013/11/04
MGM HD 100% HD Independent MGM Channel (UK) Limited (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/British Sky Broadcasting) 2009/12/14
More4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Channel Four Television Corporation 2013/02/04
MTV HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Viacom International Media Networks Europe 2012/02/13
MTV Live HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Viacom International Media Networks Europe 2008/12/16
National Geographic Channel HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels) 2006/05/22
Nat Geo Wild HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels) 2009/04/01
NHK World HD 100% HD Independent NHK 2011/05/09
Nickelodeon HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Nickelodeon UK (Viacom International Media Networks Europe/British Sky Broadcasting) 2010/10/05
RT HD HD /upscaled SD mix Simulcast Russia Today 2013/01/19
RTÉ Two HD[n 3] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Raidió Teilifís Éireann 2012/05/16
Sky 3D 100% HD Independent British Sky Broadcasting 2010/04/03
Sky Atlantic HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2011/02/01
Sky Arts 1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2006/05/22
Sky Arts 2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2009/03/02
Sky Insider HD 100% HD Independent British Sky Broadcasting 2011/05/05
Sky Living HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2009/10/06
Sky Movies Box Office HD 100% HD Separate schedule British Sky Broadcasting 2006/05/22
Sky HD Retail Info 100% HD Independent British Sky Broadcasting 2006/02/17
Sky Movies Action & Adventure HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2008/10/08
Sky Movies Comedy HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2008/10/15
Sky Movies Crime & Thriller HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2006/05/22
Sky Movies Disney HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2013/03/28
Sky Movies Drama & Romance HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2008/10/08
Sky Movies Family HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2008/10/15
Sky Movies Greats HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2008/10/08
Sky Movies Premiere HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2008/03/20
Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2008/10/15
Sky Movies Select HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2013/03/28
Sky Movies Showcase HD 100% HD[n 7] Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2006/05/22
Sky News HD 100% HD Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2010/05/06
Sky Sports 1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 2][citation needed] British Sky Broadcasting 2006/05/22
Sky Sports 2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 2][citation needed] British Sky Broadcasting 2006/07/31
Sky Sports 3 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 2][citation needed] British Sky Broadcasting 2008/03/17
Sky Sports 4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 2][citation needed] British Sky Broadcasting 2010/04/29
Sky Sports F1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2012/03/09
Sky Sports News HD 100% HD Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2010/08/23
Sky1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast British Sky Broadcasting 2006/05/22
STAR Plus HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast STAR TV (News Corporation) 2012/07/05
STV HD[n 4] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast STV Group plc 2010/06/06
Syfy HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Universal Networks International (NBCUniversal) 2009/01/26
TCM HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner) 2012/09/04
TLC HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Western Europe 2013/04/30
Universal Channel HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Universal Networks International (NBCUniversal) 2010/06/28
UTV HD[n 3] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UTV Media 2010/10/05
Watch HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2011/10/12

Future HD channels and events[edit]

2014[edit]

April[edit]

  • STV HD on satellite (Scotland Only)

Unknown dates[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Including three ITV services
  2. ^ a b c d e Simulcast with exception
  3. ^ a b c Northern Ireland only
  4. ^ a b Scotland only
  5. ^ Wales only
  6. ^ England, Wales and Scottish Borders only
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Sky Movies channels are mainly HD, however there is the occasional upscaled SD broadcast where a HD source is not available

References[edit]

  1. ^ "QVC reflects on UK DTT". Broadband TV News. 7 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "QVC Shopping Channel Experimenting With 3D". 3D Focus. 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "QVC plans HD and extra channels after studio move". Broadcast. 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "SETANTA BECOMES FIRST IRISH CHANNEL TO GO HD". Setanta Sports. 16 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Star Gold to go HD". Biz Asia. 23 Nov 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sky 3D audience growing, new channel hinted". Pocket-lint. 25 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sky Sports 3D new channel coming soon?". Recombu. 26 April 2012. 

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