The BBC will launch five new HDchannels tomorrow, Tuesday 10 December - BBC HD, CBeebies HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD and BBC News HD.

There will be seven BBC HD channels in total in time for Christmas. So where can these wonderous new channels be found? They’re moving to make that easier too.

The BBC HD channels will be available to Sky customers not paying for an HD subscription,but they will need an HD box to decode the signal. BBC News HD will be delayed until January to avoid problems in a rushed changeover that could result in losing news content for a short time.

The boost in HD channels comes after Ofcom licensed the bandwidth with Arqiva funding. This means there is now enough room on the airwaves to fit all these HD channels.

Some Freeview TVs and set-top boxes will pick up the new channels automatically and some will require a retune. Freesat might need a 30-second restart. Sky and Virgin should update and work automatically. For any issues consult the BBC help page.

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