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AlexEdohHD13475 posts since 25 Jul 2014
London London

Some people may question though why there is a need to watch a local report in HD about a cat that got stuck up a tree and was rescued by fire-fighters. Still, each to their own.

It's not really about that, it's about not having to change the channel back and forth at the start and end of regional programmes (which is why a lot of people just stick to the SD channel and get a sub-par experience)

I change to HD for the national programmes, and SD for the regional programmes.
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London Lite7,051 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
I'm really not bothered at the moment that a 28 minute regional bulletin isn't on HD. The BBC have made great strides to make them available on iPlayer either live or on VoD. Some regions, such as BBC London have their Breakfast bulletins on BBC Local Live.

However the 6.27 and 6.57 BBC London bulletins are in HD on BBC News. (The rest are signed).
Austin Tatious448 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
There are a grand total of 12 BBC English Regions (in news terms, at least), plus 3 sub-regional opts therein.

The time/money/effort/tech/infrastructure (etc) required to create the required 15 additional "feeds" of BBC One HD across all platforms is significant. The total minutage of regional programmes in the English Regions across most days and/or weeks is a pretty small part of the channel's schedule. In a climate of cutbacks and downsizing, it's not that surprising that it hasn't yet been deemed a justifiable use of Licence Fee money!

I'm sure I read somewhere that it's finally supposed to happen by the end of 2019. Or did I imagine that?
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RDJ1,887 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
Is there any reason why they don't rebroadcast a different regions Regional News programme or alternative programming?

I find it quite astounding that they would force people to switch channels with the holding caption, potentially not to a BBC channel, when they could try and hold on to viewers if they broadcast something else, even if it is for a completely different region.
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paul_hadley1,486 posts since 19 Sep 2006
London London
Is it not possible to implement some sort of automatic video switching for Sky at least? Similar to how different regional adverts are fed in to certain channels and laid over the video feed? Or did I imagine that?

Even if it wasn't HD it would stop having to change channels which is pretty annoying.
Larry the Loafer4,296 posts since 2 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
I still remember the slide claiming it'd happen in 2014... Possibly even earlier if I'm not right.

I'd be content if they just simulated the News Channel for half an hour. I don't see why they shouldn't, especially seeing as the loops they use now are just downright annoying to listen to compared to the ambience of the Circles.
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DJGM2,505 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Some people may question though why there is a need to watch a local report in HD about
a cat that got stuck up a tree and was rescued by fire-fighters. Still, each to their own.


It's not really about that, it's about not having to change the channel back and forth at the start and end of regional programmes (which is why a lot of people just stick to the SD channel and get a sub-par experience)


My dad is one of those people. He'd watch the main BBC News at 6, then after staring at the "BBC One HD cannot show ... " slide for several seconds, he'd remember to switch over to BBC One SD (custom re-allocated to channel 11) for North West Tonight, but then not bother to switch back to BBC One HD for The One Show ... much to my annoyance at the time. I didn't buy him an HD TV to watch stuff in SD that's easily available in HD! He still stares at that holding slide after the BBC News at 1, before switching to BBC Two!


For now though, since sometime last year, and for at least the foreseeable future (or at least until North West Tonight is available in HD) he's chosen to watch Granada Reports for the regional news instead, and switch to BBC One when Emmerdale starts on ITV!

Typically for someone of his generation, he can't see the point in HD, and cannot easily see the difference between HD and SD.
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James Vertigan2,952 posts since 2 Jun 2001
London London

Because it's 2017. and HD has been around for over 10 years and anyway ITV can broadcast regional news, And besides, BBC One HD has regional variants for Scotland, Wales and NI.


I think there are still limitations on ITV HD on Freeview, certainly when I was down in North Devon at Christmas watching ITV Westcountry from Huntshaw Cross, the HD version of ITV was showing Central News instead.

With the BBC, does anybody know how many of the regional galleries are actually HD capable? I'm sure BBC South West recently underwent a big upgrade in readiness for HD. If there are regional galleries that can broadcast in HD, then there must still be plans to eventually broadcast the regional news in HD.
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