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Markymark5,898 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
You don't have to separate the regional news from the national if you switch PIDs before the national news starts and show that in SD also.

Does the news really have to be in HD anyway? I'd argue it adds less value than it does to sport or drama.



It's not really about having the news in HD per se, but rather not having gaps during the regional opt slots on BBC 1 HD.


The gaps ars so retro 50s. They might ass well proclaim "Intermission".


I quite like them. I was in The Netherlands last month, on the cable network that my hotel was using, the only version of BBC 1 available, was the HD version. It's an excellent time to go and brush your teeth during BBC Breakfast (though I'm sure the gaps on there on HD used to be filled with London News (because that's the sustaining output from the Salford gallery ?)
dvboy9,473 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
You don't have to separate the regional news from the national if you switch PIDs before the national news starts and show that in SD also.

Does the news really have to be in HD anyway? I'd argue it adds less value than it does to sport or drama.



It's not really about having the news in HD per se, but rather not having gaps during the regional opt slots on BBC 1 HD.


Hence my suggestion of doing it for example at 1758 rather than at 1828.
London Lite9,729 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London


It's not really about having the news in HD per se, but rather not having gaps during the regional opt slots on BBC 1 HD.


The gaps ars so retro 50s. They might ass well proclaim "Intermission".


I quite like them. I was in The Netherlands last month, on the cable network that my hotel was using, the only version of BBC 1 available, was the HD version. It's an excellent time to go and brush your teeth during BBC Breakfast (though I'm sure the gaps on there on HD used to be filled with London News (because that's the sustaining output from the Salford gallery ?)


It's the same on Zattoo Switzerland's paid version, BBC One England HD only, although the free version is BBC One London.
Markymark5,898 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
You don't have to separate the regional news from the national if you switch PIDs before the national news starts and show that in SD also.

Does the news really have to be in HD anyway? I'd argue it adds less value than it does to sport or drama.



It's not really about having the news in HD per se, but rather not having gaps during the regional opt slots on BBC 1 HD.


Hence my suggestion of doing it for example at 1758 rather than at 1828.


Ah, I follow your logic now
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noggin13,887 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Why couldn’t they just switch to the SD channel that already exists?

This is the obvious solution if PID switching was supported.


PID switching isn't transponder switching AIUI - it just lets you switch a service on one transponder between multiple video and audio streams (which have different PIDS) on the same transponder. Forcing a re-tune is a lot more complex (and I'm not sure how standardised that is as a function?)
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noggin13,887 posts since 26 Jun 2001
You don't have to separate the regional news from the national if you switch PIDs before the national news starts and show that in SD also.

Does the news really have to be in HD anyway? I'd argue it adds less value than it does to sport or drama.



It's not really about having the news in HD per se, but rather not having gaps during the regional opt slots on BBC 1 HD.


Hence my suggestion of doing it for example at 1758 rather than at 1828.


Any suggestion that would shift the entire Network news operation in England from HD back to SD is a non-starter...
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TedJrr155 posts since 11 Sep 2005
Anglia (East) Look East
Why couldn’t they just switch to the SD channel that already exists?

This is the obvious solution if PID switching was supported.


PID switching isn't transponder switching AIUI - it just lets you switch a service on one transponder between multiple video and audio streams (which have different PIDS) on the same transponder. Forcing a re-tune is a lot more complex (and I'm not sure how standardised that is as a function?)


These are differnt things. Having regional streams on a separate transponder involved requires code to be available on *ALL* Sky and FreeSat boxes, and a relationship established with a data stream that flags the transitions.

PID switching requres logic to be available at box level, but is much less invasive.

In the past Sky have vetoed both approaches, by requiring and eye-watering indemnity agaist degredations of platform stability.

The issue is that the Sky network is now nery stable, and very understood. If BBC sub-regional opt-outs were facilitated by having alternate streams, then would Sky come to the party?
noggin13,887 posts since 26 Jun 2001
I’m sure we were having similar discussions 15 years ago before the BBC surprised us by launching all SD BBC One regions as full, separate streams on DSat, despite many suggestions and claims that the cost to the Beeb of doing this would be prohibitive.


But that was tied, at least publicly, to the cost saving of the BBC ceasing to pay Sky to encrypt their broadcasts/manage Solus cards for FTV, and switching to FTA, because of the Astra 2S spot beam on the UK/Ireland which reduced spill to the rest of Europe to a level that rights holders were able to agree to. (Whether the cost saving from no longer encrypting actually paid for the full costs of the extra transponders? Not sure - but it at least mitigated the cost a bit)
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noggin13,887 posts since 26 Jun 2001
This is the obvious solution if PID switching was supported.


PID switching isn't transponder switching AIUI - it just lets you switch a service on one transponder between multiple video and audio streams (which have different PIDS) on the same transponder. Forcing a re-tune is a lot more complex (and I'm not sure how standardised that is as a function?)


These are differnt things. Having regional streams on a separate transponder involved requires code to be available on *ALL* Sky and FreeSat boxes, and a relationship established with a data stream that flags the transitions.

PID switching requres logic to be available at box level, but is much less invasive.

In the past Sky have vetoed both approaches, by requiring and eye-watering indemnity agaist degredations of platform stability.

The issue is that the Sky network is now nery stable, and very understood. If BBC sub-regional opt-outs were facilitated by having alternate streams, then would Sky come to the party?


Yep - both would require Freesat and Sky to implement new 'switching' tech in their boxes - not sure I see it happening, particularly as I'm not sure the BBC has alternative uses for the HD bandwidth during regional downtime any more. (Red button streams are on the way out)

I think the reality in the UK is that the BBC, like ITV, would just need to bite the bullet and put 24/7 regional HD BBC One streams up...