I think if you asked all the license payers, "would you rather the BBC spend upwards of £900million moving departments to Salford
to the detriment to the quality of output...
Couldn't the technical quality of output get better, since it will be a new studio and can be all 1080p50 capable* (like TVC6 should be at the end of the month*).
I think that's pretty much irrelevant. Breakfast would have been moving to a new studio - which no doubt will be HD - in Broadcasting House, now it will be moving to a new studio - which will no doubt be HD - in Salford. Not sure of your point.
My understanding is that the basement studio pictured is a replacement for the current main block studio - and would presumably be used to house Newsnight, The Politics Show, The Andrew Marr Show etc.
However, AIUI Newsround and Breakfast are moving to Salford, and Working Lunch has been axed. This leaves that studio a lot emptier than previously... Who knows what it will be used for the rest of the time - or whether the whole studio allocation in W1 will be re-jigged.
As for 1080p50 production - any new studio being built these days will almost certainly have a 3G capable router for future-proofing sake (DB broadcast have, I believe, been selected as system integrators for W1 and will be installing a 3G capable infrastructure where cost-effective to do so) - though whether a 1080p50 vision mixer and CCUs with 1080p50 outputs are installed is another matter.
3G is arguably more important for dual 1080i25 (aka 1080/50i) routing for 3D production - as there is no clear mandate for 1080p50 broadcast to the home (none of the current DVB standards - even S2 or T2 - include support for a 1080p50 capable H264 profile)
I don't think anyone is currently using 2 x 1080p50 for 3D production - 3G is tricky enough to handle and still pretty cutting edge (and some set-ups are using 2 x 1.5G kit still).
All of the 3D transmission systems currently in use are either 2x 960x1080i25 (aka side-by-side - which is what Sky are using), or even 2 x 1920x1080i25 (or 2x1440x1080i25) if the new H264 MVC profile (which sends one eye conventionally and the other eye as a compressed 'difference' signal) is used (as 3D Blu-ray also supports at 2 x 1920x1080p24)
I'd suggest that 3D News is a way off though - whilst manufacturers are pushing 3D displays, there is not a huge amount of evidence that the market particularly wants them. If glasses-free screens appear (without the horrible limitations of current glasses free tech - like having to keep your head completely still) then that MIGHT change - but I really see 3D as pretty well aimed at sport and movies for quite a while to come.
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