When’s that getting fixed? Christ.
How big is the ITV Channel Islands audience? ITV is a commercial operation... HD simulcast chains are not zero cost...
Going by population, the Islands have a total population of just over 164,500. (Confirmed by ITV's sales website).
Compare that to another rural region, ITV Border which has a HD variant on Sky and Freesat has a total population of 426k.
However, considering the small population, ITV Channel TV market leads across the Islands, so there isn't an issue with regards to getting bums on seats or advertisers to justify not having a HD service. But as per usual, the Islands were the last to get colour tv and the last ITV region to get HD if at all. (BBC services are in HD)
There's also the issue that Freeview viewers don't get every single sub-opt in HD or even the right region, for example, Anglia viewers receive the East opt of ITV Meridian on ITV HD, while East Midlands viewers receive the West opt of ITV News Central compared to satellite viewers who at least get the right region, even if it's the wrong sub-opt. (This doesn't affect the West Country franchise which have splits for the West and South West opts)
Last edited by London Lite on 22 May 2019 2:25am