Sky no longer lists a number of BBC channels on its Sky Q and Sky+HD boxes.
It has removed the Beeb's SD (Standard Definition) services from the EPG and voice search (on Sky Q boxes). You can now only access the HD versions.
To be fair to Sky, this comes as little surprise. The BBC stopped broadcasting its channels in SD earlier this month, after finally switching its local news services over to high definition at the end of 2022.
And, as we continue into the 4K Ultra-HD era, with one eye on 8K too, it makes complete sense to scrap standard-def broadcasts. It's a move that many other channels should take note of too – have you tried watching the SD music channels on a 65-inch OLED TV? The best AI-powered upscaling in the world still wouldn't help.
Some viewers who added the original BBC SD channels to their favourites lists (the ones around the channel 800 mark) will now have to seek out the HD versions.
Customers who have older legacy Sky+ boxes will still get the channels, but those devices will soon be made obsolete (around Easter time) so are advised to upgrade as soon as possible.
RXTV also notes that Sky boxes that are no longer tied to a Sky subscription but used for free-to-air channels can also still get the SD services, but only for now.
"For some time now, we have been running a variety of messaging – on our BBC One SD channel on satellite, as well as online – to let affected viewers know about the impact of the channel closures and where they can go to get more information about how to upgrade," says BBC support on its website.
"If you are still using SD satellite equipment you now need to upgrade to HD to be able to watch BBC channels."