The BBC has now officially launched its free BBC HD channel on cable and satellite, after running test transmissions on the platforms since 2006.
The channel will operate for at least four hours a day. This will eventually increase to nine hours, between 3 pm and midnight.
Films will be shown in HD and this year’s Christmas message from the Queen will be broadcast in high definition for the first time.
Other HD programmes available over the Christmas period include major movies such as Kill Bill, Sin City and The History Boys, together with shows such as The Tales of Beatrix Potter With The Royal Ballet, Lessons And Carols From King’s College Cambridge, Carmen, Jools Holland’s Hootenanny and To The Manor Born.