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BBC First is an entertainment subscription television channel featuring comedy, crime and drama programming. The channel is wholly owned and operated by BBC Studios. The channel began rolling out internationally in 2014, launching first in Australia.
BBC First logo
|Launched||3 August 2014|
|Owned by||BBC Studios|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Sister channel(s)||BBC Earth|
BBC World News
|Foxtel (Australia)||Channel 117 (SD)|
Channel 217 (HD)
|DStv (Africa)||Channel 119|
|OSN (Middle East & North Africa)||Channel 215 (HD)|
|Foxtel (Australia)||Channel 117 (SD)|
Channel 217 (HD)
|Telenet (Belgium)||Channel 561 (Flanders)|
Channel 741 (Brussels)
|StarHub TV (Singapore)||Channel 522 (HD)|
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||Channel 22 (HD)|
|Flip TV (Australia)||Channel 101|
|KPN/Telfort/XS4ALL (Netherlands)||Channel 25|
|Lijbrandt (Netherlands)||Channel 116|
|Unifi TV (Malaysia)||Channel 481 (HD)|
|now TV (Hong Kong)||Channel 503|
|Fetch TV (Australia)||Channel 105 (HD)|
|T-Mobile (Netherlands)||Channel 110|
|Foxtel Go||Channel 117 (Australia only)|
|Yelo TV||Watch live (Belgium only)|
|StarHub Go||Channel 522 (Singapore only)|
|Unifi Play TV||watch online (Malaysia only)|
|BBC Player||watch online (Singapore and Malaysia only)|
|Ziggo GO||ZiggoGO.tv (Netherlands only)|
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 References
On 1 November 2016, BBC First launched as a Subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD) service in Hong Kong. The channel replaced BBC On Demand and BBC Entertainment on Now TV. On 14 November 2016, the service was launched on myTV Super OTT platform.
BBC First was launched as a Subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD) service on HyppTV Channel 812 on 1 October 2016, 10 months after BBC Entertainment was dropped from the provider. The channel's content is also available in the "VOD" tab in the HyppTV Everywhere app for iOS and Android.
On 17 April 2013, it was announced that the BBC had forged a new exclusive deal with Australian subscription television provider Foxtel which would see a new channel launched that would feature comedy and drama content, with programming screening as close to their original UK transmission as possible. It was later announced the new channel would be named BBC First, a new global brand that would roll out in 2014, with Australia being the first location to launch the new channel, on 3 August 2014.
Netherlands & BelgiumEdit
BBC First launched in the Netherlands on 16 May 2015.
Central and Eastern EuropeEdit
Commenting on the development, Jacek Koskowski, general manager and VP for Poland, BBC Studios, said: “We’re living through a golden era of British drama with outstanding talent producing some of the very best television in the world. Increasing the drama hours on BBC HD was integral to that channel’s recent growth and now we are going further by bringing viewers even more of what they want. Coupled with the addition of Polish and English subtitles for the first time, I’m delighted to be introducing a dedicated premium drama channel to Poland”.
Middle East & North AfricaEdit
On 7 January 2016, BBC Worldwide and OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) have announced that they had forged a new and exclusive deal which would see the launch of BBC First HD on the first of February 2016. The new channel would broadcast to Middle East & North Africa and would feature comedy and drama content, with programming screening 48 hours after their UK premier.
There are BBC First programming blocks on the following channels:
Not all content are available in all territories.
- A Young Doctor's Notebook
- Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life
- Alan Partridge on Open Books with Martin Bryce
- Burton & Taylor
- DCI Banks (series 4)
- Dead Boss
- Derek (series 2)
- Doctor Who (series 1–9)
- The Fall (series 2)
- Father Brown (series 4)
- The Fear
- The Game
- The Honourable Woman
- This is Jinsy (series 2)
- The Musketeers
- Peaky Blinders
- The Politician's Husband
- Roger & Val Have Just Got In
- Sherlock (series 2-3)
- The Village
- Wallander (series 4)
- "BBC First | Channels | BBC Asia | BBC Worldwide". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
- "BBC Worldwide and Foxtel unveil new channel name". BBC Worldwide. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- Knox, David (17 April 2013). "New BBC Drama channel headed to Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- Knox, David (19 October 2013). "BBC First channel to launch on Foxtel in August". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
- Middleton, Richard (18 October 2013). "BBCWW to scrap global iPlayer". C21 Media. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- BBC First debuts in Hong Kong. BBC Worldwide. 1 November 2016.
- Premium British drama comes to Singapore with launch of BBC First, StarHub TV, 24 March 2016
- Knox, David (26 May 2014). "BBC First to launch on August 3rd". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- Knox, David (2 July 2014). "Foxtel Channel Changes". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- "A First for Europe as BBC Worldwide's premium drama channel debuts in The Netherlands" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Premium British drama channel BBC First to launch in Poland". BBC. 13 August 2018.
- Chris Dziadul (18 February 2019). "BBC First expands in CEE". BroadbandTVNews.com.
- "BBC Worldwide launches BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First in Africa" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
- BBC First South Africa
- "BBC Worldwide and Sony Pictures Television Networks join forces to launch BBC First programme block on AXN Mystery in Japan" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
- "BBC First makes its debut in India on Zee Café" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
- Higgins, D (30 March 2015). "APRIL on FOXTEL: Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Wentworth, Deadline Gallipoli and 200+ other new shows". The Green Room. Foxtel. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Knox, David (27 March 2014). "Curtain up on BBC First". TV Tonight. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- "Contact BBC Worldwide". Retrieved 1 December 2016.