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 HD channels in the UK broadcast at 1080i, apart from BT Sport 4K UHD and Virgin TV Ultra HD which are broadcast at 4K[1]. HD channels can dynamically switch between 1080i/25 and 1080p/25 when broadcast via Freeview HD[2]

HD channels[edit]

Channel name Content Type Owner/parent company Launch date
4seven HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Channel Four Television Corporation 2014/07/01
Al Jazeera English HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Al Jazeera Media Network 2013/11/26
Alibi HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Studios/Discovery Networks Northern Europe) 2012/07/03
AMC from BT HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast AMC Networks International Zone 2015/08/28
Animal Planet HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Northern Europe 2012/02/27
Arirang TV HD 100% HD Independent Korea International Broadcasting Foundation 2016/09/26
BBC One HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 1] BBC 2010/11/03
BBC One Northern Ireland HD[n 2] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2012/10/24
BBC One Scotland HD[n 3] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/01/14
BBC One Wales HD[n 4] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/01/29
BBC Two HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/03/26
BBC Four HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/12/10
BBC News HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BBC 2013/12/10
Bloomberg HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Bloomberg L.P. 2017/03/01
Boomerang HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner) 2015/06/24
BoxNation HD 100% HD Live events only Nation Media 2014/02/15
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
BT Sport 3 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2015/08/01
BT Sport 4K UHD 100% UHD Separate schedule BT Group 2015/08/01
BT Sport Box Office HD 100% HD Independent BT Group 2018/04/17
BT Sport ESPN HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2009/08/03
BT Sport Extra 1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2015/07/29
BT Sport Extra 2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2015/07/29
BT Sport Extra 3 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2015/07/29
BT Sport Extra 4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2015/07/29
BT Sport Extra 5 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2015/07/29
BT Sport Extra 6 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2015/07/29
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 4 +1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Channel Four Television Corporation 2014/07/01
Channel 5 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Viacom International Media Networks Europe 2010/07/13
Chelsea TV HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Chelsea F.C. 2015/05/21
Colors HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Viacom 18 2017/02/14
CNN International HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Turner Broadcasting System Europe (Time Warner) 2016/06/28
Comedy Central HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Paramount UK Partnership (Paramount British Pictures/Sky plc) 2010/08/09
Crime + Investigation HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/Sky plc) 2008/11/05
Dave HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Studios/Discovery Networks Northern Europe) 2011/10/10
Daystar HD 100% HD Independent Daystar TV Network 2015/11/23
Discovery HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Northern 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 Studios/Discovery Networks Northern Europe) 2010/10/04
Eurosport 1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Northern Europe 2012/07/25
Eurosport 2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Northern Europe 2012/09/03
Film4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Channel Four Television Corporation 2010/07/20
Fox HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Fox Networks Group 2008/04/28
France 24 English HD HD/upscaled SD mix Independent France Médias Monde 2018/06/28
France 24 French HD HD/upscaled SD mix Independent France Médias Monde 2018/01/11
FreeSports HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Premier Media S.à r.l. 2018/09/25
Gold HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Studios/Discovery Networks Northern Europe) 2017/10/02
Good Food HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Studios/Discovery Networks Northern Europe) 2010/08/31
History HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/Sky plc) 2006/10/26
H2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/Sky plc) 2015/12/01
Insight HD 100% HD Independent TV Entertainment Reality Network 2016/04/05
Iran International HD HD/upscaled SD mix Independent Global Media Circulating Ltd 2018/04/03
ITV HD[n 5] 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
ITVBe HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc) 2014/11/19
ITV Box Office HD 100% HD Simulcast ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc) 2017/02/04
LFCTV HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Liverpool F.C. 2014/11/04
Lifetime HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast A+E Networks UK (A+E Networks/Sky plc) 2013/11/04
Living Foodz HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Zee Entertainment Enterprises 2018/09/03
Love Nature HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Blue Ant Media 2018/07/21
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 100% HD Independent Viacom International Media Networks Europe 2008/12/16
MUTV HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Manchester United F.C. 2014/07/14
National Geographic Channel HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox Networks Group) 2006/05/22
Nat Geo Wild HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast NGC-UK Partnership (National Geographic Society/Fox Networks Group) 2009/04/01
NHK World HD 100% HD Independent NHK 2011/05/09
Nick Jr. HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Nickelodeon UK (Viacom International Media Networks Europe/Sky plc) 2016/07/05
Nickelodeon HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Nickelodeon UK (Viacom International Media Networks Europe/Sky plc) 2010/10/05
Paramount Network HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Viacom International Media Networks Europe 2018/07/21
Premier Sports 1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Premier Media S.à r.l. 2015/07/20
Quest HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Northern Europe 2018/08/03
QVC HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast QVC 2015/04/21
QVC Beauty HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast QVC 2015/04/21
Racing UK HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Racing UK Ltd 2016/04/21
RecordTV HD 100% HD Independent Record TV Network 2015/10/20
RT UK HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast (ANO) TV-Novosti 2013/01/19
RTÉ2 HD[n 2] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Raidió Teilifís Éireann 2012/05/16
S4C HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast S4C Authority 2016/06/06
Sky Atlantic HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2011/02/01
Sky Atlantic VIP HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2017/07/25
Sky Arts HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Cinema Action HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/10/08
Sky Cinema Comedy HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/10/15
Sky Cinema Disney HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2013/03/28
Sky Cinema Drama HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/10/08
Sky Cinema Family HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/10/15
Sky Cinema Greats HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/10/08
Sky Cinema Hits HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Cinema Premiere HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/03/20
Sky Cinema Sci Fi & Horror HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/10/15
Sky Cinema Select HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2013/03/28
Sky Cinema Thriller HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Insider HD 100% HD Independent Sky plc 2011/05/05
Sky Intro Channel HD 100% HD Simulcast Sky plc 2016/05/09
Sky News HD 100% HD Simulcast Sky plc 2010/05/06
Sky One HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Sports Action HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2008/03/17
Sky Sports Arena HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2017/07/18
Sky Sports Box Office HD 100% HD Simulcast Sky plc 2015/04/02
Sky Sports Cricket HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2006/07/31
Sky Sports Extra HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2017/07/18
Sky Sports F1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2012/03/09
Sky Sports Football HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2017/07/18
Sky Sports Golf HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2010/04/29
Sky Sports Main Event HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Sports Mix HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2016/08/24
Sky Sports News HD 100% HD Simulcast Sky plc 2010/08/23
Sky Sports Premier League HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2014/08/12
Sky Witness HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2009/10/06
Sony Entertainment Television HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sony Pictures Television 2017/08/01
Sony Max HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sony Pictures Television 2017/08/01
STAR Gold HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Star TV (Fox Networks Group) 2017/12/06
Star Plus HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Star TV (Fox Networks Group) 2012/07/05
STV HD[n 3] 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
TG4 HD[n 2] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Teilifís na Gaeilge 2016/08/03
TLC HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Northern Europe 2013/04/30
TRT World HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Turkish Radio and Television Corporation 2017/05/02
Universal TV HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Universal Networks International (NBCUniversal) 2010/06/28
UTV HD[n 2] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast ITV plc 2010/10/05
Virgin TV Ultra HD 100% UHD Independent Virgin Media (Liberty Global) 2018/09/17
W HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Studios/Discovery Networks Northern Europe) 2011/10/12
Zee Cinema HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Zee Entertainment Enterprises 2018/09/03
Zee TV HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Zee Entertainment Enterprises 2018/03/05
ZooMoo HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Blue Ant Media 2018/07/21

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Not regional programmes
  2. ^ a b c d Northern Ireland only
  3. ^ a b Scotland only
  4. ^ Wales only
  5. ^ England, Wales and Scottish Borders only
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Sky Cinema channels are mainly HD, however there is the occasional upscaled SD broadcast where a HD source is not available

References[edit]

  1. ^ BT Sport Ultra HD was the UK's first Ultra HD channel and it's exclusive to BT TV. http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/53977/~/bt-ultra-hd-%284k-tv%29
  2. ^ Feature of the Freeview HD spec that allows the broadcaster to dynamically select between 1080p / 25fps and 1080i / 25fps transmission. https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/BBC-HD-1080p-Freeview-HD-Settop-Boxes,news-35640.html

External links[edit]

  • Freesat – Channels
  • Freeview – Channels
  • Sky – Box Sets
  • Virgin Media – What can I watch in HD?
  • http://www.onastra.com/2183/channelfinder/tv/search?package=1. Missing or empty |title= (help)