The has indicated that it will close the hugely popular HD channel and replace it with a 2 HD simulcast channel as aprt of its cost-cutting.

Around 2,000 ‘posts’ are sadly being ended as the BBC looks to reduce its budget significantly, and there will be changes to the face of UK television as well.

The BBC HD will live on in the history books as the UK’s first dedicated free-to-air HD channel, although its impact has waned since the launch of BBC 1HD.

Meanwhile, BBC 3 and BBC 4 are now being designated feeder channels for BBC 1 and BBC 2 – which will mean that there is no need for a BBC HD channel to showcase the best HD shows from 2,3 and 4.

Simulcast HD channels make sense, with increasing numbers of programs being produced in HD, and upscaling capable enough of filling in the gaps until the entire schedule moves to high definition.

BBC HD launched as a trial in May 2006, with full rollout beginning at the end of 2007 after approval from Ofcom . The first show to be broadcast was the first episode of the wonderful Planet Earth series, featuring television legend Sir David Attenborough.

Also being scaled back are red button interactive services, which remain popular on the BBC but have been competing with more modern apps and internet services in recent years.

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BBC plans to close the BBC HD channel