BBC One Northern Ireland

BBC One Northern Ireland is a television channel operated by BBC Northern Ireland. It is the Northern Irish variation of the UK-wide BBC One. The service is broadcast in Northern Ireland from Broadcasting House in Belfast. In the rest of the UK, BBC One Northern Ireland is available as a regional variant on most TV service providers. In Ireland, BBC One Northern Ireland is available as a standard channel.

BBC One Northern Ireland
CountryNorthern Ireland
NetworkBBC One
Programming
Picture format576i SDTV
1080i HDTV
Ownership
OwnerBBC Northern Ireland
Sister channelsBBC Two Northern Ireland
History
Launched21 July 1955; 66 years ago (21 July 1955)
Former namesBBC TV Service NI (21 July 1955 – 19 April 1964)
BBC Northern Ireland (20 April 1964 – 14 November 1969)
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 1
Channel 101 (HD)
Cable
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 101 (HD)
Channel 863 (SD, rest of UK)
Virgin Media (Ireland)Channel 108 (SD/HD)
Channel 139 (HD)
Satellite
FreesatChannel 101 (SD/HD)
Channel 110 (SD)
Channel 957 (SD, rest of UK)
Channel 978 (HD, rest of UK)
Sky (UK)Channel 101 (SD/HD)
Channel 801 (SD)
Channel 953 (SD/HD, rest of UK)
Channel 979 (SD, rest of UK)
Sky (Ireland)Channel 141 (SD/HD)
Channel 832 (SD)
IPTV
Eir VisionChannel 201
Channel 208 (HD)
Streaming media
FilmOnWatch live

On 24 October 2012, an HD variation of BBC One Northern Ireland was launched, to coincide with the completion of the digital switchover process in Northern Ireland.[1] On 18 November 2013, BBC One Northern Ireland HD was swapped with the SD channel on Sky's EPG for HD subscribers.[2]

The BBC One Northern Ireland branding is utilised from 6 am until the handover to the BBC News Channel with live continuity handled by a team of regional announcers who double up as playout directors. The channel's main competitor is UTV while also competing with RTÉ One, RTÉ 2 and Virgin Media One from the Republic of Ireland. Although BBC One NI and UTV are competitors, on the final night of UK digital switchover, BBC One NI and UTV joined forces for a special simulcast, The Magic Box, with Eamonn Holmes, celebrating 60 years of TV history.[3]


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