BBC local programming switching to HD only

From January, local programming on BBC One and BBC Two changes to HD only.

This means if you don’t have a HD box, you won’t be able to watch things like the 6:30pm Look North (Yorkshire) Evening News or Reporting Scotland on BBC One. Instead, you’ll see this message:

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To see if your Sky box is affected, either:

A) Select channel 105 on your remote. If you see Channel 5 HD, you're not affected. If you see Channel 5 in SD, you are and you'll need to upgrade your Sky box.



  1. Press Services on your Sky remote
  2. Press 4 then 5
  3. Check the version number, as seen in the image below:

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The affected boxes are:


  • 4F01 to 4F06 (Amstrad)
  • 4E01 to 4E05 (Grundig)
  • 9F01 to 9F08 and 9F0A (Pace)
  • 0F01 to 0F05 (Panasonic)
  • 4E06 to 4E08 (Thomson)


  • 4F2001 to 4F2006 (Amstrad)
  • 4F2101 to 4F2118 and 9F2101 to 9F2137 (Amstrad or Pace)
  • 9F2001 to 9F2024, PVR2, 9F2201 to 9F2235, 9F2301 to 9F2339 (Pace)
  • 4E2101 to 4E2141 (Thomson)

What to do if you’re affected

Sky TV customers can upgrade to Sky Q at no extra cost. Your new box will be installed by one of our engineers on a date that suits you.

You can then watch all the BBC channels in HD – including all local programmes.

Upgrade online, or call 0333 759 5121.

Series links

You'll need to reset any recordings or series links after the BBC's changes have happened. You can do this in the Sky planner.

If you miss any programmes, you might be able to find them in the Catch up area on your Sky+ box.

If you have a Sky HD box, the BBC HD channel is on 101.