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The BBC still isn't sure about a dedicated HD station

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 22nd 2007 11:02AM

The BBC ponders the near future of BBC HDIt seems Auntie Beeb -- that's the BBC to all of us blokes here in America -- can't make up its mind whether or not to step into the 21st century earlier than planned and go HD. That's according to our colleague Matt Burns over at EngadgetHD, who reports that a decision has yet to be passed down on some ongoing high-definition tests.

The dedicated high-def station currently in trial, BBC HD, is a mixture of programming from all current BBC stations. Fifty percent of its material comes from BBC One, thirty comes from BBC Two, and twenty percent comes from the company's digital networks, Three and Four. The tests seem to be garnering a great deal of support. Yet, it looks like BBC HD's trial service will end in November and not return until the British digital switchover of 2012.

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September 17 2009 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It looks like they are worried about bandwidth -- they have put out a question for public comment along the lines of "do you want to wait until 2012, or would you rather have HD now even though it means your tuner box will be incompatible in a few years and you'll have to buy a new one?"
Can you imagine broadcasters in the US -- even PBS -- ever asking the viewing public what they prefer? Sacrilege!

Also interesting: BBC America is evidently launching an HD version next year. We may get more HD BBC programs than the Brits do!

October 22 2007 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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