Freeview could miss out on extra BBC HD channels | What Satellite & Digital TV
BBC HD chief Danielle Nagler said the BBC will launch BBC Two HD when there is enough hi-def content for peak-time schedules.
'We have over half of the peak-time content in HD now on BBC One, but we are not currently in that position with BBC Two or the other channels,' said Nagler, who is the BBC's head of HD and 3D.
'When we feel we can offer it we will launch and I have no doubt that BBC Three HD and BBC Four HD will follow in due course.'
Speaking to the Informa Digital TV Summit said Freeview's limited capacity for HD channels would not stop the BBC launching them. Freeview currently has a single HD multiplex with capacity for five channels, of which the BBC takes two, whereas Freesat, Sky and Virgin have relatively unlimited capacity for more HD.
Digital TV Europe reports that she added: 'There are possibilities around what can be done with Freeview that could allow the addition of further HD channels but it's a matter for Freeview and Freeview shareholders.
'If Freeview can't take them we will have to offer those channels on the platforms that are capable of taking them.'