|Broadcast area||Nationwide. Also widely available in Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Sister channels||BBC One|
|Launched||21 April 1964|
|Former names||BBC2 (21 April 1964 – 4 October 1997)|
|Channel 20 (HD)|
|Virgin Media (UK)|
|Virgin Media (Ireland)|
|Astra 2E (28.2°E)|
|Eir TV (Ireland)|
|Vodafone TV (Ireland)|
|BBC iPlayer||Watch live (UK only)|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live – SD HD (Ireland only)|
|UPC TV||Watch 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.