BBC To Stop SD Channels January 2024
The BBC will be stopping the SD (Standard Definition) versions of all their TV channels on satellite including SD Freesat Boxes and SD Sky Boxes.
The closedown will take place on 8th January 2024.
If you see a banner telling you to upgrade you need to act now. BBC did remove the banner over the Christmas period but it has now returned on all programmes.
These are the SD channels that will be stopping:-
BBC One SD
BBC Two SD
BBC Three SD
BBC Four SD
BBC News SD
BBC Scotland SD
BBC ALBA SD
BBC Parliament SD
For some time now, The BBC have been running a variety of messages on the BBC One SD channel on satellite, as well as online to let affected viewers know about the impact of the channel closures and where they can go to get more information about how to upgrade.
We are urging impacted homes to act now to avoid disappointment and loss of any BBC channels. Demand for our help scheme resources that launched in March this year has been much lower than expected and we believe the number of homes still using SD-only satellite equipment is now far lower than anticipated.
There is no need to wait until the 8th of January 2024 to get an HD-enabled set-top box so you can continue to watch BBC services (plus with the added benefit of improved picture and audio quality.) There are a variety of options available, all easy to install – from the range of Freesat 4K devices, some with a built-in recorder, to the Manhattan SX box which is the most affordable option.