The BBC is set to launch five new high definition (HD) channels on December 10th on Freeview HD, Freesat HD, YouView, Sky HD, and Virgin Media.
The British broadcaster had said that they would launch the new channels in the new year, but they have now announced that they will have arrived just in time for Christmas, with 50% of UK homes already setup to watch HD channels. That number is expected to rise to 80% by 2016 and 90% by 2019.
Alongside the current BBC One HD and BBC Two HD, the Beeb are launching BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD across the whole of the UK.
The HD content created for these channels will also be available to stream via the BBC iPlayer.
When he announced the new HD channels in July, BBC Director General Tony Hall said:
BBC One HD and BBC Two HD have already proved to be highly valued by our audiences and I’m delighted that we’re able to follow this with the launch of five new subscription-free BBC HD channels by early 2014. These new channels will allow us to showcase more of our programming at its very best.
The BBC are also looking to launch regional versions of BBC One and BBC Two in HD for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.