January 2024 - HD Satellite Upgrade for BBC Channels

January 2024 - HD Satellite Upgrade for BBC Channels

What is happening?

From January 8th Starting in 2024, the BBC will end all SD broadcasts on satellite. The BBC is replacing its standard definition (SD) broadcasts on satellite with high definition (HD) versions.


Will you be affected by the switch to HD?

This switch only affects people using an SD-only satellite set-top box. If you’re using an SD-only box, you will lose all BBC SD channels from January 8th 2024.


How to tell if you’re using an SD-only box?

Go to channel 799 on your TV (Freesat customers only). If you see a “Good news!” message, then you don’t need to do anything. You’re ready and won’t be affected. Over the next few months, your new HD BBC One region will appear on channel 101 automatically.


If you see a “sorry, your satellite set-top box is not capable of receiving high-definition services” message, these changes will affect you and you will need to upgrade your satellite box. However, you may be eligible for extra support.


Eligibility Checker Tool now Live!

If you are affected by the changes and would like to find out more about whether you may be eligible for extra support, The Eligibility checker tool is now live on the HD Satellite Upgrade website. 

Viewers who are affected by the SD switch off can now check their eligibility for further assistance on the help scheme and, if eligible, can apply for a voucher or a home support visit. 

Click here to check your eligibility. 


For further information please visit hdsatelliteupgrade.co.uk or contact their freephone helpline 0330 123 1876.