I know one of the "upsides" to this is increased automation in regional galleries and that will also bring local HD versions of the regions and an end to the red "switch to 101" loop, but where the automation is being brought in technical departments in some regions were 16+ people now down to around 5.
I don't think that's got anything to do with broadcasting the regions in HD. Last I heard there were no plans to do it and I imagine that Covid and the belt tightening at the BBC have made it even less likely. The over 70s license fee thing is a massive loss of income
Also the fact that ITV are expanding their HD regions on satellite but not on terrestrial (at least they're not yet) is also an indicator of this. The HD mux, which is the BBCs, carries both BBC One HD and ITV HD so ITV expanding their regions on there would help the BBC do the same.
I think the BBC still try and be platform neutral so if its done on DTT they'll probably have to do it on satellite too and that's an extra expense
Regional HD production will be happening, the kit in the regions will be replaced soon and no-one in their right mind would do it in SD (and of course you can't buy SD kit now) but how it'll end up being seen by viewers in HD I don't know.
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 17 October 2020 6:57pm