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 one which is broadcast at 4K.[citation needed] HD channels can dynamically switch between 1080i50 and 1080p25.[citation needed]

HD channels[edit]

Channel name Content Type Owner/parent company Launch date
&TV HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Zee Entertainment Enterprises 2015/07/06
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 Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2012/07/03
AMC 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
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
BBC Red Button HD 100% HD Separate schedule BBC 2016/06/20
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 ESPN HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast BT Group 2009/08/03
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
CNN 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 Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2011/10/10
Daystar HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast 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 Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2010/10/04
Eir Sport 2 HD[n 2] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Eir 2015/07/20
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 International Channels (21st Century Fox) 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/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
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 Encore HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast ITV Digital Channels Ltd (ITV plc) 2014/06/09
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
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 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
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
Premier Sports HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Premier Media S.à r.l. 2015/07/20
QVC +1 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
RT UK HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast (ANO) TV-Novosti 2013/01/19
RTÉ One HD[n 2] HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Raidió Teilifís Éireann 2015/12/14
RTÉ 2 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 1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Atlantic HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2011/02/01
Sky Arts HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Cinema Action & Adventure HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/10/08
Sky Cinema Box Office HD 100% HD Separate schedule Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Cinema Comedy HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2008/10/15
Sky Cinema Crime & Thriller HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Cinema Disney HD 100% HD[n 6] Simulcast Sky plc 2013/03/28
Sky Cinema Drama & Romance 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 HD Retail Info 100% HD Independent Sky plc 2006/02/17
Sky Insider HD 100% HD Independent Sky plc 2011/05/05
Sky Living HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2009/10/06
Sky News HD 100% HD Simulcast Sky plc 2010/05/06
Sky Sports 1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 7][citation needed] Sky plc 2006/05/22
Sky Sports 2 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 7][citation needed] Sky plc 2006/07/31
Sky Sports 3 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 7][citation needed] Sky plc 2008/03/17
Sky Sports 4 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 7][citation needed] Sky plc 2010/04/29
Sky Sports 5 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast[n 7][citation needed] Sky plc 2014/08/12
Sky Sports Box Office HD 100% HD Simulcast Sky plc 2015/04/02
Sky Sports F1 HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2012/03/09
Sky Sports Mix HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Sky plc 2016/08/24
Sky Sports News HQ HD 100% HD Simulcast Sky plc 2010/08/23
STAR Plus HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast STAR TV (21st Century Fox) 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
TLC HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Discovery Networks Northern Europe 2013/04/30
TV Record HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast Record TV Network 2015/10/20
Universal Channel 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
W HD HD/upscaled SD mix Simulcast UKTV (BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive) 2011/10/12

Future HD channels and events[edit]

2017

  • BBC Two Scotland HD
  • BBC Two Wales HD
  • BBC Two NI HD

Unknown dates

  • Al Jazeera HD may launch on Sky and Freesat
  • BBC Ultra HD
  • ITV Anglia (east) HD will launch on Freeview
  • ITV Tyne Tees HD will launch on Freeview
  • ITV Yorkshire (west) HD will launch on Freeview

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Not regional programmes
  2. ^ a b c d e 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
  7. ^ a b c d e Simulcast with exception

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