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BBC Three is the successor to BBC Choice, a British digital television channel. It was launched on 9 February 2003, 11 months months later than planned. They had BBC Three along with BBC Four want to launch, but with debate about the broadcast format-which ultimately was 576i -ran the launch will be delayed.

The channel is described by the BBC as an outlet for ' new drama, new talent, British humor, blockbuster movies and accessible News '. BBC Three is broadcast from 19: 00 to 4: 00 pm (English time), because the remaining time is taken up by the children's channel CBBC.

Unlike commercial rivals is 90% of the programming on the channel from their own country or other countries of the European Union. 80% is produced by the BBC and varies in terms of genre: News, drama, humor and animation. The news on BBC Three has a unique 60 seconds-format and is between some programs in broadcast. This format was adopted so that the Board of the channel could be fully automated, without having to deal with live news that varies in length.

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