BRITISH BROADCASTER the BBC announced today that it will launch its highbrow and culture programming station BBC Two in high definition at 6am on the 26 March.
Following the launch of BBC One HD on 3 November 2010, the broadcaster said that the introduction of BBC Two HD will "replace the existing BBC HD Channel" and is "subscription-free on all digital television platforms offering HD channels".
BBC Two HD will be available on Sky HD, on channel 169, Freeview HD and Youview on channel 102, Virgin Media channel 187, Freesat HD channel 109 and BT Vision channel 852.
"The launch of BBC Two HD will allow us to showcase more of our programmes at their very best - helping to highlight our commitment to high quality, engaging and ambitious programmes on BBC Two," the BBC said in a statement.
The BBC Two HD channel will be a simulcast network version of the BBC Two schedule with a raft of new programmes available in HD for the first time. Old favourites such as Mock the Week, QI and Springwatch will also remain at the heart of the channel's offerings, the BBC said.
Last week, the BBC revealed plans to premiere several shows exclusively on its iPlayer service before they are shown on terrestrial television.
In what is a first for the BBC, the move is part of a 12 month trial where 40 hours of selected online programming will be previewed on the service before it appears on the screen in the home. µ