The first batch of changes as part of the BBCs plan to move all its channels to HD begins on Tuesday 24th January 2023.
This first batch of BBC TV satellite changes is basically clearing one satellite frequency of all SD channels, so the frequency can be converted to DVBS2 so that it can carry HD channels. That frequency is 10.818 V on the Astra 2
The first batch of BBC TV satellite changes affect viewers of BBC One South, and Northern Ireland.
Essentially their SD versions of will be swapped out with HD verions.
So BBC One on Sky channel 101 (and presumably Freesat 101), will be changed to BBC One South HD.
But if using an old SD Sky box, you will see the “non region” Nightlight version of BBC One on 101, which will show a caption when local news is being shown.
Changes will happen automatically on Sky and Freesat set top boxes.
The changes in detail:
BBC One SD Nightlight (ie the version without local news) launches at 101 on Sky SD boxes initially for BBC South on Jan 24th, and gradually in the other regions as they go HD
The BBC One Nightlight services will smart swap with the new HD regional services that launch at 801 in the coming weeks
BBC One South HD launches to 801 (smart swapped with BBC One SD Nightlight at 101) and replaces BBC One South SD at 964
BBC One NI SD (953/101) closes – existing BBC One NI HD remains at 979 and 801 (801 smart swapped with BBC One SD Nightlight at 101)
BBC One NI SD ROI replaced by BBC One SD ROI Nightlight at 141 (smart swapped with BBC One NI HD ROI at 832)
BBC Two NI SD (972/102) closes – existing BBC Two NI HD remains at 970 and 802 (802 smart swapped with BBC Two England at 102)
BBC Two NI SD ROI replaced by BBC Two England ROI at 142 (smart swapped with BBC Two NI HD ROI at 844)
BBC Two England ROI closes at 969 in ROI
BBC Two England closes at 969 in NI
Basically clearing freq 10.818V of all channels ready for DVBS2 conversion.
Once this conversion has been completed, it is expected that BBC One East HD , BBC One East Midlands HD, BBC One London HD, BBC Four HD, and CBeebies HD will be created and / or moved to the new DVBS2 10818V frequency, we think mid February 2023