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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

josh205 posted:
Is anyone having problems with the AlJazeera free streaming tonight, when it first came on it was just a black screen with a muffily noise in the background. Then a blue rectangle with gold writing was in the left hand corner. I stopped it and played again and the REAL player logo came up. It then opened a page promoting the better quality streaming.
Don't know if it is just my machine but it has been having to re-connect quite alot. Its not as smooth as it was on the launch day.


I tried it earlier to watch the Blair interview, it was fine for 15 minutes (the trial period) and then refused to let me watch any more
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

onetrickpony posted:
Thanks Inspector. I guess other news orgs wont need to wait for translation for Al Qaeda tapes, as i suspect Al Jazeera English will air it translated first.


They don't seem to get them anymore, the recent 'tapes' (although not actually tapes, this is 2006!) have been released onto the internet by their makers and then picked up by broadcasters around the world.
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

Adam posted:
noggin posted:

Distributing a single feed in 4:3 is by far the safest way of distributing the channel.


Then why spend so much money on 16:9/HD?


They'd be nuts to spend hundreds of millions on a major new TV station that wasn't HD. It future-proofs the technology, when other channels are converting to HD in the years to come AJ won't have to do it.

I'm sure it won't be long until it is available in HD somewhere in the world, maybe even on one of the 2 UK-based HD platforms
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

Jakarta posted:
But then if it goes live for 24 hours from January then that would be continuous, non-stop news. It's already been stated they will follow the standard format of first half of the hour is a news broadcast and then the second half is documentary, business, analysis, sport etc.


Yes for now it's live news and documentaries for 12 hours a day and just programmes for the other 12. From Jan the news/docs mix will run 24 hours a day
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

noggin posted:
Adam posted:
Isn't AJI meant to be in widescreen?


Yep - it is 16:9 and HD. However, just like BBC World, it is currently only being distributed in 4:3 SD - with the 16:9 HD studio outputs downconverted and ARCed to 14:9 letterbox in a 4:3 frame.


Indeed, the problem I suppose is that when you're distributing to lots of diffrent cable and sat companies, providing the channel in SD 4:3, 14:9, 16:9 as well as HD is a very complex thing to do. Sending out a 16:9 feed and getting each platform to convert to what they want is asking for trouble
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

peterrocket posted:
The plan was to follow daylight across the globe on when they're broadcasting from, well that's what the PR said...


Ahh, but if I follow you down the road.... I'm not in the same place as you, I'm behind you!

BTW according to an article I read the other week the hours of each centre are quite a bit diffrent from the original line up posted here
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

mark posted:

Is this from the English or Arabic service?

I'm guessing that picture's actually very old - it seems to be grouped with sets from years ago, such as the old 2-desk Channel 4 News. If those pictures are in chronological order, it's even older than ITV's election 97 set![/quote]

It's more recentl than that, AJ's sport channel didn't launch until 2003
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

Jakarta posted:
We should taking bets on what EPG number it will occupy! Personally, I think 508 would be best, after all you wouldn't want to get stuck amongst the likes of CCTV9 or NDTV.


EPG numbers are given out in order, it's very rare for channels to be slotted into a position above others that were there first. 508 is only free because the ITV News channel closed down, the next number to bve allocated is 518

Quote:

That promo gave quite a lot away, sort of the ruined the surprise. Sad Odd though that Riz Kahn also didn't appear in it,


Is that not him at 1:48?
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

Daithi posted:
Anne MacKenzie Fan posted:
http://english.aljazeera.net
The frequencies section says that Sky will broadcast this on channel 819 - whether this is subscription only, I am not too sure.
Smile


Those are the out of date details for Arabic Al Jazeera but I suppose Al Jazeera English will broadcast on that channel number 8that could be why they pulled the Arabic one)


Yes, those were the details for the Arabic service. It was removed from the EPG a few months back to allow the English version to get an EPG slot (there's a long waiting list). Presumably the Arabic station will return when its time comes round

It will almost defenately be in the news section, presumably 518 as that is the next slot
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

harshy posted:
Tim posted:
VZP posted:
Where did u get the sample from, i cant find any mention on David Lowe's site?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIVikteiQj8&NR


I presume this promo is running on Sky Digital here by tuning manually on 11.681 V 27500 3/4



No, that video is a 3 minute Electronic Press Kit for Al Jazeera English, the link to the original was sent out with the press release when the launch was announced a couple of weeks ago
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

noggin posted:

If it is carried in HD on DSat in the UK then there will need to be versions broadcast - both the SD and the HD version. As Sky don't map SD and HD channels onto the same EPG numbers, if it is carried in HD it is likely to have two EPG entries.


If it was going to have an HD version it would have been on air for a while like the SD one is.

Quote:

I would be very surprised if it were restricted to the UK - I'd expect it to be FTA (in the same way that CNN, BBC World and CNBC are in most territories)


It's an international channel, they want to get as big a footprint as possible; I can't see why they would want to restrict cariage from Ireland or any other country
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

newscentre posted:
It is an absolute bloody disgrace. This is something private... for a member of staff's party for heaven's sake. Never to be broadcast. The Middle East is full of people with funny dress (for Westerners) and bombs. There's no moral outcry when Muslims criticise Westerners for not covering their hair. I'm so angry about this that "the culprits will be spoken to"... Next on BBC 1 - Why Muslims are so easily offended....
They haven't bloody complained!!!
Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!


It's a bit like when a sunday paper did an expose of a BBC Christmas tape which featured Princess Ann in the 70's. It was something that was never meant to be released into the public domain.

The problem with this is that the person who leaked it did so because he/she thought it was offensive to those from the middle east.... but if they had never have sent it to a newspaper in the first place no-one would have been offended!

The Daily Mail are just as bad - complaining about a 'bad taste' video... which they then host on their website!
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

Luke posted:
According to this article from the New York Post, the channel is still aiming for a November launch. I know it that it only makes reference to the US in the story, but I infer from the quotes that it's a worldwide launch date.



The channel will launch worldwide - there's to be no regionalisation like CNN or BBC World. However it will come from 4 locations, one of which is in Washington

BTW, following on from the article about Nick Clarke is this: http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/article/240806/al_jazeera_international_bureau
Sounds interesting