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BBC launching five new HD channels next year

The BBC has announced five new high definition channels to launch early next year, including BBC News HD and CBeebies HD.

The BBC has announced five new high definition channels to launch in 2014, including HD versions of BBC News, BBC Three and CBeebies.

The new channels are BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD.

Unlike the previous BBC HD channel that cherry-picked HD programs, the new high-def channels are simply HD versions of the regular channels, broadcasting the same shows as their standard definition namesakes. Auntie Beeb says we'll be treated to a whopping 250 hours more HD viewing every week than we are currently.

In the next six months the BBC also wants to announce plans for regional versions of BBC One HD and BBC Two HD for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

BBC Three HD and CBBC HD will be broadcast on the BBC's existing high definition spectrum, with the other new channels broadcast on a new multiplex opened up by Ofcom after the switchover from analogue to digital TV.

TV watchdog Ofcom has announced up to ten additional high-definition channels could be piped in through your rooftop aerial, using 600 MHz airwaves freed up by the digital switchover. Arqiva will run the new digital terrestrial TV (DTT) multiplex.

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