BBC Two

BBC Two
BBC Two.svg
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaNationwide. Also widely available in Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerBBC
Sister channelsBBC One
BBC Three
BBC Four
BBC News
BBC Parliament
CBBC
CBeebies
History
Launched21 April 1964 (1964-04-21)
Former namesBBC2 (21 April 1964 – 4 October 1997)
Links
WebsiteBBC Two
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview
  • Channel 2
  • Channel 102 (HD)
Digitenne
(Netherlands)
Channel 20 (HD)
Cable
Virgin Media (UK)
  • Channel 102 (HD)
  • Channel 852, 865 (network variation)
Virgin Media (Ireland)
  • Channel 109 (SD; NI)
  • Channel 140 (HD; England)
UPC (Switzerland)
  • Channel 202 (HD; England)
Ziggo
(Netherlands)
  • Channel 62 (HD; England)
  • Channel 953 (SD; England)
Satellite
Freesat
  • Channel 102 (SD: NI; HD: Eng/Scot/Wal)
  • Channel 106 (HD: NI)
  • Channel 110 (SD: Eng)
  • Channel 120 (SD: Wal)
  • Channel 174 (SD: Scot)
  • Channels 949, 968, 969, 971, 979 (regional variations)
Sky (UK)
  • Channel 102 (SD: NI; HD: Eng/Scot/Wal)
  • Channel 115 (HD: NI Only)
  • Channel 802 (SD: Eng/Scot/Wal)
  • Channels 969, 971, 972, 980 (regional variations)
Sky (Ireland)
  • Channel 142 (SD; NI)
  • Channel 347 (HD; England)
  • Channel 969 (SD; England)
Astra 2E (28.2°E)
  • 10773 H 22000 5/6
  • 10788 V 22000 5/6
  • 10803 H 22000 5/6
  • 10818 V 22000 5/6
  • 10847 V 23000 2/3 (HD)
BFBS
  • Channel 2
  • Channel 12 (delayed)
IPTV
Eir TV (Ireland)
  • Channel 202 (SD; NI)
  • Channel 209 (HD; England)
Vodafone TV (Ireland)
  • Channel 109 (HD; England)
  • Channel 139 (SD; NI)
Streaming media
BBC iPlayerWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live – SD HD (Ireland only)
UPC TVWatch live (Switzerland only)

BBC Two is a British free-to-air television network owned and operated by the BBC. It covers a wide range of subject matter, with a remit "to broadcast programmes of depth and substance" in contrast to the more mainstream and popular BBC One.

Like the BBC's other domestic TV and radio channels, it is funded by the television licence, and is therefore free of commercial advertising. It is a comparatively well-funded public-service network, regularly attaining a much higher audience share than most public-service networks worldwide.

Originally styled BBC2, it was the third British television station to be launched (starting on 21 April 1964), and from 1 July 1967, Europe's first television channel to broadcast regularly in colour. It was envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming, and while this tendency has continued to date, most special-interest programmes of a kind previously broadcast on BBC Two, for example the BBC Proms, now tend to appear on BBC Four instead.