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MetalGearRex1,528 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
Because the old thread was locked, decided to make a new thread regarding the BBC Scotland channel, which is expected to launch in 2019.

Major news that should please some:
https://www.a516digital.com/2018/03/bbc-scotland-channel-plans-to-go-hd.html

Quote:
The BBC has confirmed to Ofcom that it wants to launch the proposed BBC Scotland TV channel in HD on all major platforms.

In a change to the corporation's original proposals for the channel, first announced last year, the BBC says that following a review of its distribution plans, it has now decided that technological advancements will make it possible to launch BBC Scotland TV in HD, at "no additional cost".

Until now, the BBC has only committed to making BBC Scotland TV available in high definition via the iPlayer.

To make room for BBC Scotland HD on Freeview, it plans to stop CBBC HD at 7pm to allow BBC Scotland HD to go on air, effectively taking over the former BBC Three HD bandwidth that has been dormant for two years - until 2016, CBBC HD and BBC Three HD timeshared a single Freeview slot. As a result, Freeview users in Scotland would only be able to access CBBC's 7pm to 9pm programming in standard definition. Viewers in the rest of the UK would be unaffected.

On satellite and cable platforms, BBC Scotland HD would be available from midday to midnight in addition to the SD simulcast.

Chris Rowsell, the BBC Head of Regulation and Economics, told Ofcom:
"We consider that HD availability will increase the public value of the new BBC Scotland channel with no adverse competitive impact and at no additional cost."

As a result of the revision to the BBC's proposal, Ofcom says it will now have to consider the implications of the change as part of its ongoing Competition Assessment.

Ofcom is due to confirm whether the BBC can launch the channel later this year.

The BBC Scotland TV channel would take all current BBC Two Scotland programmes, meaning that BBC Two north of the border would take the standard network edition. BBC Scotland TV would feature a dedicated Scottish news hour, integrating UK and world news into the programme.


IN SUMMARY - BBC SCOTLAND TV - NEW PROPOSALS

SCOTLAND
Freeview*: in SD from midday to midnight; in HD from 7pm to midnight. As a result, CBBC HD would go off air at 7pm.
Freesat/Sky/Virgin: in SD and HD from midday to midnight.
iPlayer: SD/HD midday to midnight (subject to connection speed) + on-demand

REST OF UK
Freeview*: no change - BBC Scotland TV not available outside of Scotland.
Freesat/Sky: proposed to be in SD and HD from midday to midnight. Virgin: subject to carriage agreements.
iPlayer: SD/HD midday to midnight (subject to connection speed) + on-demand

* Includes YouView (BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet TV), EE TV, Now TV Smart Box users via the receiver's in-built Freeview tuner.
Channel numbers yet to be determined, and the plans for BBC Scotland TV are subject to final Ofcom approval.


Should have been part of the original plans from the start. Making the channel SD only was never going to be a good idea either way.

On Freeview at least - it will cut into CBBC HD's evening broadcast hours in Scotland, whilst also occupying ex-BBC Three HD bandwidth. That said, I don't think an attempt to auction off ex-BBC Three HD space was going to work, and this does prove it to an extent.
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Araminta Kane85 posts since 8 Dec 2015
Certainly the combined impact of Ruth Davidson (a near-miraculous raising of a formerly toxic brand in areas where it was historically dominant, because they never had a heavy-industrial working class and therefore didn't have the starting point for a Labour tradition to build up, but where it had fallen in the 80s/90s to a more romantic-ruralist version of Scottish nationalism increasingly challenged in later years by what now appear to be the SNP's proto-Corbynite tendencies) and Jeremy Corbyn (in convincing at least some of those attracted by that aspect of the SNP that socialism can, in fact, be achieved at UK level and would not necessarily need independence to bring about) seem to make this channel less urgent now than when it was first proposed. So you might be right.
UKNewsHound49 posts since 25 Feb 2018
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Certainly the combined impact of Ruth Davidson (a near-miraculous raising of a formerly toxic brand in areas where it was historically dominant, because they never had a heavy-industrial working class and therefore didn't have the starting point for a Labour tradition to build up, but where it had fallen in the 80s/90s to a more romantic-ruralist version of Scottish nationalism increasingly challenged in later years by what now appear to be the SNP's proto-Corbynite tendencies) and Jeremy Corbyn (in convincing at least some of those attracted by that aspect of the SNP that socialism can, in fact, be achieved at UK level and would not necessarily need independence to bring about) seem to make this channel less urgent now than when it was first proposed. So you might be right.


Wow, are you on commission by word count?

I had to read that four times for it to even begin to make sense.
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MetalGearRex1,528 posts since 11 May 2016
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Because we've not shouted as loudly. Would actually have been more cost effective, and probably appreciated, to give in to the "Scottish Six" demands.

Lets see how long it lasts - it seems an obvious victim next time the BBC need to "deliver quality first".

The BBC still has to deal with £800 million worth of cuts due to the free over-75 licence fee settlement. But I can't see them scrap the Scotland channel over that, to be honest.
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gordonthegopher234 posts since 10 Feb 2007
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Chris Rowsell, the BBC Head of Regulation and Economics, told Ofcom:
"We consider that HD availability will increase the public value of the new BBC Scotland channel with no adverse competitive impact and at no additional cost."

What about the public value of CBBC HD on the public from 7-9pm BBC Scotland should only be available from 9pm in HD.
sbahnhof 7225 posts since 29 Oct 2016
No.

What's the current situation with BBC radio on Scottish Freeview? Aren't some UK stations not available when BBC Alba's on air? (In some regions at least.) Could the new channel affect that?