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Switch from SD to HD on satellite

The BBC has now replaced its standard definition (SD) broadcasts on satellite with high definition (HD) versions

What does this mean to me?

  • On 8th January 2024, the BBC ended its SD broadcasts on satellite and replaced them with a channel closed message. If you are still using SD satellite equipment, you now need to upgrade to a HD device to continue watching BBC channels. Click below to check if you are affected and how to upgrade.

How to Upgrade  

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Have you been affected by the switch to HD?

The switch only affects people using an SD-only satellite set-top box. If you are still using a Freesat or Sky device, the easiest way to see if you’re affected is by going to BBC channel 101. If you see a ‘channel closed’ message, this means you are using an SD-only device and need to upgrade to continue enjoying BBC services.

If, when going to channel 101, you can see a TV programme playing, you are using an HD device and do not need to upgrade.

How am I affected?

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In 2023, the BBC will be switching off the SD satellite feed on all their channels. What this means is, viewers with older set top boxes, which are not HD enabled, will no longer be able to view BBC channels once the switch off has taken place. 

Customers affected by the SD Satellite switch off are Freesat and Sky customers, who have SD enabled devices only.

An easy way to check if you’re affected is by going to channel 799 on your set top box. A message will display to advise whether your device is HD enabled or not. If your box is not HD enabled, you will be affected and will need to change your device if you wish to continue watching BBC services.  

If you cannot see a message on channel 799, this may indicate you are not a Freesat or Freeview customer. We would advise to contact your TV provider directly if you are unsure as to whether you have a HD enabled box.