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Broadcast areaSelected cruise ships, maritime industry
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
OwnerBBC Studios
Sister channelsBBC Entertainment
BBC Earth
BBC Brit
BBC First
BBC Lifestyle
BBC World News
Launched22 June 2008; 14 years ago (2008-06-22) (Australia & New Zealand)
3 December 2008; 14 years ago (2008-12-03) (Nordic region)
2008; 15 years ago (2008) (Scandinavia)
31 December 2008; 14 years ago (2008-12-31) (Romania)
2008; 15 years ago (2008) (Latin America)
2008; 15 years ago (2008) (Brazil)
10 January 2017; 6 years ago (2017-01-10) (Selected cruise ships)
Closed15 November 2009; 13 years ago (2009-11-15) (Australia & New Zealand)
2012; 11 years ago (2012) (Brazil)
5 January 2016; 7 years ago (2016-01-05) (Nordic region)
26 October 2018; 4 years ago (2018-10-26) (Poland)
27 May 2020; 3 years ago (2020-05-27) (Turkey)
Replaced byUKTV HD (Australia)
BBC Earth (Latin America)
BBC First
WebsiteBBC HD Maritime

BBC HD is an international high-definition television channel owned by BBC Studios. In many countries the channel has been replaced by other BBC Studios operations. At present, the channel is only available in selected cruise ships and within the maritime industry.

It first launched in Australia. An Australian version of BBC HD was broadcast on the Foxtel HD+ service which was made available to subscribers on 2 June 2008 and was officially launched on 22 June 2008.[1] On 15 November 2009 it was replaced on Foxtel HD+ by UKTV HD.

During the first broadcast of BBC World News America, it was announced that BBC America HD would be launched in 2008. However, the HD version did not begin broadcasting until 20 July 2009.[2]

BBC HD started broadcasting to the Scandinavian countries in 2008.[3] A localised Latin American feed started in 2011.[4] In 2012 a Brazilian feed was created, though later that year, the Brazilian feed merged with that for the rest of the region, with separate audio and subtitle channels.

BBC First replaced BBC HD in Poland on 26 October 2018.[5]

BBC HD Maritime

BBC HD was launched on P&O Cruises and Cunard cruise ships and is provided by Global Eagle Entertainment's (GEE) MTN TV network. The channel was launched on 10 January 2017 with the intention of expanding further into the maritime industry. The channel provides programmes in the genres; drama, comedy, factual entertainment, natural history, and documentaries. BBC HD also shows EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty at a similar time to their broadcast in the UK.[6]

BBC HD Nordics

BBC HD was a television channel broadcasting high-definition programming to Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. The channel is also included in HD Cable Platform Teledünya in Turkey.

The channel was launched on 3 December 2008 from the Canal Digital platform and YouSee in Denmark.[7] It was the third BBC HD channel overall (after the British BBC HD and BBC HD Australia), and the first in Continental Europe. The launch of BBC HD coincided with the launch of BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle and BBC Knowledge in Scandinavia.[8][9]

The channel broadcasts round-the-clock and heavily features BBC dramas and natural documentaries such as Bleak House and Planet Earth.

BBC HD ceased broadcasting in the Nordic region on 5 January 2016.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "BBC HD launches in Australia". 22 June 2008.
  2. ^ BBC America press release[dead link]
  3. ^ BBC HD Scandinavia website
  4. ^ "Global BBC iPlayer to launch in Europe". Digital Spy. 14 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Premium British drama channel BBC First to launch in Poland". BBC. 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ "BBC Worldwide launches its first bespoke channel for cruise ships". BBC. 10 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Canal Digital opruster med 11 HD-kanaler". 3 December 2008.
  8. ^ "BBC HD makes its European debut as BBC Worldwide launches channel portfolio in Scandinavia" (Press release). BBC Worldwide Press Releases. 1 October 2008.
  9. ^ "BBC biffar upp i Sverige". Dagens Media. 13 November 2008.
  10. ^ "BBC Nordic FAQ".