Verizon Communications' FiOS TV customers with either Extreme HD or Ultimate HD packages can now watchDoctor Who, Top Gear and other fare from BBC America in high-definition.
BBC America HD launched Thursday on FiOS channel 689. The standard-definition version of BBCA is already carried on FiOS TV, on channel 189. Verizon also plans to add HD content from the network to its video-on-demand service soon.
"With the series premiere of our first original drama, Copper, on Aug. 19 and new seasons of Doctor Who andThe Hour around the corner, the timing for the launch of BBC America HD on FiOS TV couldn't be better," said Sandy Ashendorf, executive vice president of network distribution for BBC Worldwide America.
BBC America is owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC.