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Stuart6,514 posts since 13 Oct 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
I'm quite liking the DOG. It is slightly larger than needed, but also quite translucent. On some backgrounds you can hardly see it. Thumbs up

Unfortunately, a quite scan through programming for the rest of today doesn't reveal anything worth watching, which is perhaps why it was necessary to change the name of the channel. Very Happy
VMPhil7,145 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Here's the slide that W are using for EastEnders going into and out of breaks. (The burst of light in the top left is the start of the UKTV logo animation). The EastEnders/BBC logo is a bit strange - smaller than the title sequence and the BBC logo doesn't have the OTT drop shadow.

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They're broadcasting in surround sound - does it usually go out in surround sound on BBC One?
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Posts from UKTV - new channel W have been merged into this topic.
fanoftv7,297 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
I haven't been able to see much on air, but this video showing the highlights of the package looks stunning.


Everything about the identity seems to have been thought out and designed incredibly well. What I presume are the idents that fly forward take a brilliant idea and have been created with a Channel 4 (2005-2015) feel to them.

Though I'm still not sure about the name. I can't imagine saying "Did you see that programme on W", that's partly because I don't watch the channel and haven't been drawn to it for anything recently.
Austin Tatious449 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
The new name may be shorter in terms of number of letters, but it's obviously longer in terms of syllables ("watch" = 1 syllable, but "double-u" = 3 syllables).

I found the snappiness of saying the previous name was preferable to the longer-sounding "W" name.
I am the one viewer of ITV West News.
Austin Tatious449 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
Is there any marketing reason for keeping the 'w'? Seems odd to rename but keep the letter associated with the previous name.


Is it supposed to be a female-skewed channel now?

In which case, maybe the implication is supposed to be that it could stand for "Woman/Women"?
I am the one viewer of ITV West News.
nigel48 posts since 20 Dec 2009
Meridian (South) South East Today
I haven't been able to see much on air, but this video showing the highlights of the package looks stunning.
https://vimeo.com/154852930

Everything about the identity seems to have been thought out and designed incredibly well. What I presume are the idents that fly forward take a brilliant idea and have been created with a Channel 4 (2005-2015) feel to them.

Though I'm still not sure about the name. I can't imagine saying "Did you see that programme on W", that's partly because I don't watch the channel and haven't been drawn to it for anything recently.


Echoes of British satellite broadcasting.
Brekkie27,044 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I haven't been able to see much on air, but this video showing the highlights of the package looks stunning.
https://vimeo.com/154852930

Everything about the identity seems to have been thought out and designed incredibly well. What I presume are the idents that fly forward take a brilliant idea and have been created with a Channel 4 (2005-2015) feel to them.

Though I'm still not sure about the name. I can't imagine saying "Did you see that programme on W", that's partly because I don't watch the channel and haven't been drawn to it for anything recently.

Really nice branding - stylish but ultimately quite simply.

As for the name I suspect many will continue to identify it as Watch and just take the W to be the logo, like Y is for Yesterday and D for Drama.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
VMPhil7,145 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
So, if I can be extra picky, and I guess this is TV Forum after all…

Does it disappoint anyone else that a lot of TV channels, including UKTV's, don't yet broadcast much other than the programmes in HD. I'm talking about the surrounding presentation, idents, trailers, bumpers, that kind of thing. The videos uploaded for this rebrand, and indeed virtually all recent channel rebrands, are in HD. I know some people say they can't tell the difference but for me it makes all the difference, especially when it comes to those slickly produced idents.

I believe this may have something to do with existing contracts for the playout of the channel, as I recall reading a post on here that BBC One trails were only broadcast in SD because of the then-current deal with Red Bee. I notice that since Christmas, trails are now going out in HD on BBC One. It's not a huge deal all things concerned - obviously I'd rather have the programmes in HD than the idents - but still, it just seems disappointing as a presentation fan to have this mix of SD and HD, especially when it's all been made in HD in the first place.

The other problem is the coming up menu, which I think is generated live as it's using what looks to me like Helvetica rather than the custom font as seen in the above video. More4 has this same problem too - using a generic sans serif instead of the custom one used in trailers. Is there some kind of technical limitation that prevents this?