That is true, but it does happen with every system, both on new and established operations.
Normally a few weeks or months in when everyone's getting confident or complacent about it, it'll fall over spectacularly. But when it does happen everyone learns from it and either things are put into place to prevent it or they know what to do to fix it next time.
Um, I didn't post that, VMPhil did. Quoting error perhaps?
Wasn’t BBC News before ITV Digital/Freview/FreeSat launched carried on cable? I know there’s only one or two providers now. According to this article it was only available in two million
Yes - BBC News 24 was only available to consumers on analogue cable and overnight on BBC One for the first year of broadcast (Nov '97 until Nov '9
It was thus only available in 14:9 letterbox (as both analogue cable and BBC One overnight were still 4:3 analogue outlets)
It was almost certainly being carried on the various DVB-T test broadcasts that were happening, as was BBC Choice when it soft-launched (it wasn't on cable AFAIK)
The hard launch of DTT
(and BBC services on DSat) was the same day that BBC News 24 moved from N9
in Nov '98 I think, and that was also the day that UK Today started covering the regional opt-out slots for BBC One digital (DTT and DSat were England-wide for BBC One). That was the first day that BBC 16:9 full-height broadcasts were available to consumers in the UK I think (so in theory nobody should have been able to have seen BBC News 24 from N9 in full-height 16:9 at home, only N