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Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

ITV presentation refresh in the New Year

ITV News will get a slight refresh.

No, that's an opinion implied as a statement of fact. You need to know the difference otherwise people will get miffed about it.

Also, I don't want to do the 'close the thread until we have anything confirmed' post so let's try and keep the meta talk to a minimum.

The news itself is quite exciting. Anything that's channelling 'BBC2 Lambie-Nairn era' is a winner for me. Hopefully the ITV Creative team are on the case, they've proven themselves over the last few years with a great body of work. I'll even forgive them the giant endboards. If I have just one request, please say we're losing the 'funeral' end credits style.

UTV will be interesting, it'll be the first refresh since ownership so would be a understandable time to do it.

I'm looking forward to it (hopefully) showing BBC One up for the embarrassment it is.
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Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

BBC Two Christmas 2018

Virgin Media have added BBC TWO NI HD and moved it to 102 to replace SD and I've just seen the junctions and both Christmas idents. So beautiful and they are actually of the same tone as old 90s BBC 2 but with a much more updated feel.

They've done it across the UK too so it's nice to have Two HD on 102 now. This caption is currently running on the old 162:


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Seems a bit of a software oversight that recordings can only be seen for another 12 months, just because the channel position was changed.
Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Home - Automated recordings of BBC idents

No plans to, they can be buried in the Oneness page Wink (they’re not that bad I suppose, music is quite nice)

I do want to improve the site navigation though, it’s not that obvious there are collection pages.

Recordings are now being done on a new dedicated RPi3 which hasn’t fallen over yet like the old one so that’s good. There are still a few issues though - BBC Four’s 'accurate recordings' have been mistimed over the last few days, sometimes before the previous credits have even rolled. Not sure why, given One/Two have been pretty reliable. There also seems an issue recording the 7pm junction, possibly because it starts listening before the channel starts, so maybe it’s instantly failing the recording.

BBC Three programmes are now prefaced by either the normal sting or part of the programme with “BBC Three presents” (or occasionally both, which is just daft) so I’ve not got a hope of working that one out.

I’m testing moving away from Elastic Transcoder for converting the videos to a manually built lambda hosting FFMPEG. It’ll give me more flexibility and after 4500 recordings, should be a lot cheaper to run too! Who knew the BBC aired so many junctions in just a few short months! The switch over should be seamless once I’m confident with the results. After that, it’ll be better ident detection and naming accuracy.
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Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Home - Automated recordings of BBC idents

And again on a Friday - maybe the box knew it was about to be replaced. (I'm surprised it didn't keel over given it somehow recorded the entire overnight BBC News last night Shocked )

It's up and running, and receiving channels like Dave and "Create and Craft"(!) but the mux the BBC channels are on is getting no signal. https://www.freeview.co.uk/service-updates/16-nov-2018-high-pressure-affecting-tv-signals.html is blaming high pressure weather conditions and given I'm receiving some channels I guess that could be it? I think our Freeview reception is temperamental at the best of times.
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Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Home - Automated recordings of BBC idents

Sounds like the Pi has crashed so it’s going to miss today’s recordings. Sad I won’t be home until gone 10 to pull the plug out and back in again. I’ll need to dig into the error and maybe rebuild with a lightweight OS (it currently uses OSMC which isn’t necessary for what is effectively just a recorder).

Typically I only set up uptime monitoring the other day so was obviously tempting fate!

Accuracy is still a bit ropey - I have a way of quickly correcting them now but it’s not ideal. I think I need to implement a checker using both image and label matching.
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Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Live Inside No. 9 breakdown

Broadcast posted:
Our colleagues at BBC2 provided presentation facilities, some catchy music and also a plan to allow all four nations to have separate junction continuity from announcer Beccy Wright so that we had the same network voice throughout our programme. (Poor Beccy. Not sure what happened there.)

So the Nations did get bespoke continuity! Anyone know if that included the ident too?
Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Live Inside No. 9 breakdown

Wish I’d watched it live now as I think I’d probably have been sucked in (but have never seen the series 1 ep so would have stayed watching).

Great attention to detail in using the actual (and pretty new) breakdown slide and on-duty announcer. Wonder if all that was done live or prerecorded and played out by the team? I’m guessing they took over at least two galleries at Granada Maidstone Studios - one for onscreen and the other for the actual production.

Who’d have thought the slide’s first appearance would have been deliberate!

And that Bobby Davro clip is still quite alarming to watch, totally unable to help himself.
Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC affiliates and TODAY

Drop what? It was a genuine question in a reasonable debate.

In a thread that is being sidetracked by a completely off topic conversation.


Further posts on the subject will be deleted and members warned if they continue.

Metropol is the general forum available.
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Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Home - Automated recordings of BBC idents

Machine Learning Asa?

I wouldn’t know where to start! Laughing a combination of image matching and Rekognition (which brings back some fairly distinct words) could be enough to more accurately identify them. Although something’s gone wrong as it identified this morning’s lifeguards as being the football kids.

Interesting about the PDC, good to see the logic carried through into the digital era. I think I remember being fascinated by it when my parents updated their VCR, only to then use it a couple of times!
Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Home - Automated recordings of BBC idents

Absolutely, all the idents and recordings are saved into the database so slicing and dicing the data is pretty easy. I’ve started getting it to check against multiple thumbnails for BBC Two so it should better identify them now.

I’ll see if I can put a page together a page of some interesting stats.
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Asa3,405 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

BBC One-ness - Jan 2017 onwards

Does that not tell you had dreadful the current ident package is.

Apples and oranges though. That ident would presumably only be used for cross-channel junctions.

Can only theorise but in the event of a major event I wonder if the plan is for BBC One and Two to introduce the news with their respective idents, then use that for subsequent joined up junctions. Or both fade to black and have one channel do the introduction? Guess one day we’ll find out.
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