Just flicking through the wonderful selection of channels o freeview and ended up on bid-up. Just now they had a speed auction in what was obviously a virtual studio, but I've not seen it before, as well as having moving (not static) cameras, seems they are using the same technology as ITV News, (which I recently found out was first mainly used for the film Ai)
Is this new; is the technology fairly widely available now?
Out of all the channels why did you end up on bid-up.tv?
Seriously though I'm not sure it is a virtual set - however some of the speed auctions are pre-recorded. You can usually tell which ones are pre-recorded as the auctioneer (often Mike Mason) doesn't mention the actual minimum bid price, and a blue rectangular 60 second clock appears in the bottom right corner. I suspect these are recorded whilst ScreenShop is shown, and they have fewer members of staff in.