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jay1,811 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Having been subjected to watching the first few minutes of Midlands Today, I have noticed how AWFUL the picture quality and sound is. Is this a standard in birmingham or what? Where's the widescreen??
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jay posted:
Having been subjected to watching the first few minutes of Midlands Today, I have noticed how AWFUL the picture quality and sound is. Is this a standard in birmingham or what? Where's the widescreen??


They're still in their old building, when they move, probably later this year/early next they will be in digital widescreen studios.

The same with most of the other english regions
jay1,811 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Larry Scutta posted:
jay posted:
Having been subjected to watching the first few minutes of Midlands Today, I have noticed how AWFUL the picture quality and sound is. Is this a standard in birmingham or what? Where's the widescreen??


They're still in their old building, when they move, probably later this year/early next they will be in digital widescreen studios.

The same with most of the other english regions

Ah, is this 'The Mailbox' thing I've heard about?
Can someone actually tell me what it is and are there any pics of it anywhere?
If I'm going to be stuck with Mids Today on 101 I might as well get used to the programme and stuff.
Oh, and by the way, EMT is in 'digital widescreen' Wink
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BBC East Midlands, South East and London have 16:9 equipment and presentation. All the other regions are just cropping 4:3 to 14:9 and sticking it in a 16:9 frame. Surely they'd be better off just making the news in 4:3 until they get 16:9 equipment?? It would be a much better solution and would mean sharper pictures.
There is no reason at all to crop 4:3 to 14:9 for whole programmes!
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Katherine posted:
Reporter posted:
Calendar (generally speaking)gets about 19/20 per cent with Look North on about 33/34.

Is that in the Leeds (Emley) area or the Hull (Belmont) area? We have two seperate 18:30 shows....


I only see the combined total Calendar and total Look North figure so don't know how that splits. Sorry!
noggin14,167 posts since 26 Jun 2001
xtremeboat posted:
BBC East Midlands, South East and London have 16:9 equipment and presentation. All the other regions are just cropping 4:3 to 14:9 and sticking it in a 16:9 frame. Surely they'd be better off just making the news in 4:3 until they get 16:9 equipment?? It would be a much better solution and would mean sharper pictures.
There is no reason at all to crop 4:3 to 14:9 for whole programmes!


I think that the integrated headlines were the reason this wasn't pursued. To drop into fulll pillarbox (or attempt an aspect ratio switch to 4:3 for 12") was deemed distracting for the viewers (and would be difficult to get right on analogue). Switching the ARC ratios mid programme was presumably deemed too fiddly...
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martinDTanderson posted:
Could someone possibly list the text that appears in each of the BBC One's regional box.


To the best of my knowledge:

NE & Cumbria
North West
Yorks & Lincs (used by Leeds, when also covering Hull region)
Yorkshire (used by Leeds, when not also covering Hull region)
E Yorks & Lincs
Midlands
East Midlands
East (used in both east and west sub-regions)
West
South West (used in both mainland and Channel Islands sub-regions)
South (used in both Southampton and Oxford sub-regions)
South East

I don't know whether London's box says "London" or "LDN".
This Is Granada1,678 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Larry Scutta posted:
xtremeboat posted:
ITV's regional news would probably get better viewing figures if they put sub-regions on satellite. The East Midlands is a big area and they're missing out on potential ad-revenue by only showing the West Midlands version. In the future everyone should get their correct BBC region on 101, but many will get the wrong ITV region on 103. ITV have to catch up.


The only reason all the regions were put onto Sky was because of advertising revenue. If the extra advertising revenue that came in from putting a sub-region on the satellite outwayed the costs of putting it there it would.

The diffrences in adverts between the 3 Central regions is very small.


Well if in the future, ITV put all its regions/sub-regions on DSat and put them on the EPG instead of the other channels, where on earth would they go?? The Beeb has filled up the 900's, and if ITV regions get a better number than the BBC's I'm sure the BBC will have something to say about that?

I think the EPG 300's are wasted. It only goes up to 327 and thatís because there gaps between sky movie chanels/Film4/TCM channels. If they were moved together I think it would only go up to about 320. Why cant Sky use from lets say, 330 - 350 for regions then? There are no other higher numbers that I can see would fit Loads of ITV regions in.
Steve in Pudsey9,719 posts since 4 Jan 2003
There was also at BBC NORTH red box used on a caption presumably produced in Manchester, used during a pan north timeshift evening... which had GMR and Radio Merseyside promos going out in Look North territory Laughing
Nick Harvey5,035 posts since 11 Nov 2001
This Is Granada posted:
I think the EPG 300's are wasted. It only goes up to 327

They ought to move the film channels to start on 350, then use the high 200's and the low 300's for all this regional stuff, both BBC and ITV.