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Ian R25 posts since 14 Jul 2015
Meridian (North) South Today
Two years after their last update on the subject, the BBC has given a statement to Points of View regarding the lack of the BBC One English regions in HD:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/BbC4M14YmGHh8Vn52gp9d2/bbc-hd-channel-and-local-news

Quote:
“This is a really tricky issue for the BBC. We obviously want to give our audiences the best possible experience and not having Regional news content on BBC One HD is a problem, given that our 6.30pm bulletins are the most watched news programmes in the UK. We know it doesn’t bother all of our audiences, but many viewers find it inconvenient to switch to BBC One SD and that bothers us.


The problem remains one of money. There are 15 regional versions of BBC One across England and the Channel Islands. Most of those 15 BBC One’s originate from Regional studios that are not yet fully HD and upgrading Regional news output is a priority for investment. To then take 15 BBC One’s to air in both HD and SD on all platforms would cost the equivalent of a third of the annual editorial budget for regional TV bulletins. So we have to balance our plans with the best interests of the license fee payer and try to find creative solutions. And we mustn’t forget BBC Two viewers in the Nations also experience a similar issue.


In a world where two thirds of homes have their main TV connected to the internet, we could look to the internet to provide local content in HD. Alternatively we might find a way for audiences to move more conveniently between HD and SD. We will address this problem one way or the other, but we don’t want to take money away from other BBC services if we can possibly avoid it.

In the meantime, the vast majority of the BBC’s content is available free to air to audiences in HD across all platforms and directly over the internet on BBC iPlayer, which is generally included by default within internet-connectable TVs and set-top boxes and with the added benefits of live restart and 30 days to watch programmes as standard."
Larry the Loafer5,351 posts since 2 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
I don't think the demand would be so intense if they broadcast something on BBC One HD instead of a red screen or the same trailers day after day for shows that aren't even on air anymore. Even a simulcast of NC would suffice. Having said that, I often find myself picking Granada Reports over North West Tonight mainly because the latter seems a lot cheaper, and some of that is probably down to the picture quality looking a little too "Local TV".
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RDJ2,502 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
The red screen makes watching the channel extremely difficult for a long period of time and almost forces you to have to switch the channel.

If you have the TV switched on to BBC One HD for a couple of hours, it's extremely off-putting when you get a red screen and near enough silence for between 10-30 minutes.

I would much prefer if they shown BBC London News if they have to with just a strapline to say to switch to BBC One SD. At least they're showing something then.
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Earlie37265 posts since 20 Oct 2003
Meridian (South) South Today
So do we know which of the 15 regions are already HD capable?

BBC North West, BBC London and BBC South West will be easier as they have moved to new premises or had a total gallery refurb since HD has become more commonplace. Don't think any of the others would be up to scratch at present - possibly Oxford?

Many of the regions already film quite a lot of reports on HD equipment but they will still have SD equipment in their galleries and broadcast chains. I was surprised when the original aim for 2017/18 was suggested - it's a massive and expensive job to do.
London Lite9,725 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London


Many of the regions already film quite a lot of reports on HD equipment but they will still have SD equipment in their galleries and broadcast chains. I was surprised when the original aim for 2017/18 was suggested - it's a massive and expensive job to do.


The regional Inside Out shows that are also shown on BBC One HD are played out by network, so they can make the most of the HD production.
Alex Plain-Later (previously Austin Tatious) 913 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
The red screen makes watching the channel extremely difficult for a long period of time and almost forces you to have to switch the channel.


I suppose that's the whole point. If they put something watchable on BBC One HD, then regional news programmes would probably lose out on a chunk of their potential audience due to people not being fussed enough to turn over. Auntie Beeb clearly doesn't want that, and probably learned that lesson from the era of "UK Today" on digital satellite.

Quote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/BbC4M14YmGHh8Vn52gp9d2/bbc-hd-channel-and-local-news

"...we might find a way for audiences to move more conveniently between HD and SD."


I'm not at all technically minded. If some means exists of triggering all Freeview/Freesat/Sky/Virgin digiboxes that are already tuned to BBC One HD England to automatically switch over to BBC One SD as the regions opt-out, then I'm all for it being implemented ASAP.
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London Lite9,725 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Presumably this could happen. Three HD feeds for London, NW and SW which go on 101. The others also move to 101 as BBC One HD England, with the ability to automatically switch to the existing SD regional feed as required.

CI could become an opt of BBC SW HD, reverting to the SD feed for CI News, allowing them to have HD editions of Inside Out and Spotlight at other times.