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BBC One viewers have been warned they will need an HD-compatible setup if they want to keep watching the broadcaster’s programmes.

Those watching the Beeb’s channel on Sky and Freesat will need to upgrade if they wish to keep viewing.

BBC One viewers will need an HD-compatible box if they want to continue watching the channel

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BBC One viewers will need an HD-compatible box if they want to continue watching the channel

The change also affects BBC Radio, as the flagship broadcaster sets to move away from older SD-only receivers.

BBC One SD is currently being used to advertise on-screen messages informing viewers how to make the switch to HD.

The move started in February with the removal of all SD regional versions of BBC One.

It is likely only a small number of viewers will be affected by the switch.

These may include older viewers and individuals with special needs.

Standard quality boxes were passed out during the digital switchover help scheme to elderly and vulnerable users in some regions, which will need to be replaced.

The BBC says it needs to give up the SD (standard definition) channels to make way for crystal clear HD.

All of the BBC’s SD channels via satellite will be closed in early 2024.

How do I know if my set-top box is affected?

The changes affect SD-only satellite boxes.

There is a clever way to check if you’re not sure.

Freesat owners can go to channel 799 and it’ll automatically tell you whether you’re in the clear or whether you’ll need to upgrade your box.

Anyone with an old Sky set-top box could also be affected.

The best way on Sky is to go to channel 105.

If it’s showing Channel 5 HD as the channel then your box is capable of handling HD.

But if it only says Channel 5 and has no mention of HD, it means you’ve got an old SD-only box and you’ll need to upgrade.



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