BBC One Northern Ireland

BBC One Northern Ireland
Launched 21 July 1955
Network BBC One
Owned by BBC Northern Ireland
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Northern Ireland
Formerly called BBC TV Service NI (21 July 1955 – 19 April 1964)
BBC Northern Ireland (20 April 1964 – 14 November 1969)
Sister channel(s) BBC Two Northern Ireland
Freeview Channel 1
Channel 101 (HD)
Freesat Channel 101 (SD/HD)
Channel 108 (SD)
Channel 957 (Rest of UK)
Channel 978 (HD) (Rest of UK)
Sky (UK) Channel 101 (SD/HD) (NI)
Channel 801 (SD) (NI)
Channel 953 (Rest of UK)
Channel 979 (HD) (Rest of UK)
Sky (Ireland) Channel 141 (SD/HD)
Channel 832 (SD)
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 101
Channel 108 (HD)
Channel 863 (Rest of UK)
Virgin Media (Ireland) Channel 108
Channel 139 (HD)
Streaming media
FilmOn Watch live

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. Outside Northern Ireland the service is available on Sky (UK) channel 953 and across the border in the Republic of Ireland on Sky (ROI) Channel 141.

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 and TV3 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.


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