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BBC First
BBC First
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BBC First logo
Launched3 August 2014; 5 years ago (2014-08-03)
Owned byBBC Studios
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaAustralia
Middle East
Sister channel(s)BBC Earth
BBC Lifestyle
BBC Entertainment
BBC World News
BBC Brit
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)[1]Channel 481 (HD)[1]
now TV (Hong Kong)Channel 503
Fetch TV (Australia)Channel 105 (HD)
T-Mobile (Netherlands)Channel 110
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 117 (Australia only)
Yelo TVWatch live (Belgium only)
StarHub GoChannel 522 (Singapore only)
Unifi Play TVwatch online (Malaysia only)
BBC Playerwatch online (Singapore and Malaysia only)
Ziggo (Netherlands only)

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.[2][3][4]


In October 2013, BBC announced that in 2014 they would rollout 3 new brands - BBC Earth, BBC First, and BBC Brit, with BBC First to be dedicated to comedy and drama programming.[5]

International roll-out


Hong Kong

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.[6] 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.[1] The channel's content is also available in the "VOD" tab in the HyppTV Everywhere app for iOS and Android.


BBC First launched a Subscription Video-On-Demand (SVOD) service on StarHub TV Channel 522 on 4 April 2016.[7]


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.[3] 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.[4][4][8][9]


Netherlands & Belgium

BBC First launched in the Netherlands on 16 May 2015.[10]

Central and Eastern Europe

BBC First made its debut as a linear channel in Poland on 26 October 2018, replacing BBC HD.

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".[11]

BBC First launched in Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia on 1 April 2019.[12]

Middle East & North Africa

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.

South Africa

The channel launched in South Africa on 18 October 2015.[13][14]

Programming blocks

There are BBC First programming blocks on the following channels:


Current programming

Original programming

Acquired programming

Not all content are available in all territories.

Future programming


  1. ^ a b c "BBC First | Channels | BBC Asia | BBC Worldwide". Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "BBC Worldwide and Foxtel unveil new channel name". BBC Worldwide. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b Knox, David (17 April 2013). "New BBC Drama channel headed to Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Knox, David (19 October 2013). "BBC First channel to launch on Foxtel in August". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Middleton, Richard (18 October 2013). "BBCWW to scrap global iPlayer". C21 Media. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ BBC First debuts in Hong Kong. BBC Worldwide. 1 November 2016.
  7. ^ Premium British drama comes to Singapore with launch of BBC First, StarHub TV, 24 March 2016
  8. ^ Knox, David (26 May 2014). "BBC First to launch on August 3rd". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ Knox, David (2 July 2014). "Foxtel Channel Changes". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "A First for Europe as BBC Worldwide's premium drama channel debuts in The Netherlands" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Premium British drama channel BBC First to launch in Poland". BBC. 13 August 2018.
  12. ^ Chris Dziadul (18 February 2019). "BBC First expands in CEE".
  13. ^ "BBC Worldwide launches BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First in Africa" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ BBC First South Africa
  15. ^ "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 2017.
  16. ^ "BBC First makes its debut in India on Zee Café" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ 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 2015.
  18. ^ a b Knox, David (27 March 2014). "Curtain up on BBC First". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "Contact BBC Worldwide". Retrieved 2016.

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