- A decision about F1 and HD sits primarily with the rights holder (F1/Bernie Ecclestone), rather than with the BBC. We are keen to do it as soon as possible.
- There is no surround sound on the Six Nations Rugby as it is an additional cost and the BBC decide whether to broadcast in 5.1 on an event by event basis.
February 28, 2009
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February 26, 2009
We also had another good quarter of V+ growth. We've doubled the number of subscribers in the last year. Our research shows that DVR customers churn less than other customers. Even with a strong growth we still only penetrated 15% of that digital base so we feel there is still a strong growth opportunity here.
All of our half million DVR boxes are HD ready and we intend to grow our HD content and capability this year. Clearly, our competitors have indicated that this is an area where they intend to invest and grow and we are determined that we are not going to allow them to build competitive advantage in this area. Of course, our competitive TV advantages in VOD and we already have over 100 out of HD video-on-demand content and we will be expanding this.
The key HD content that we do today are premium sports and movie channels that Sky will not [inaudible]. As you know, OFCOM is conducting a market investigation into pay TV and that's our last consultation paper proposed a wholesale regime that would oblige Sky to wholesale its premium content including HD to us at economic rates. We are proactively engaged with OFCOM and we hope to hear the next steps in May or June.
[...] I've expressed my frustrations on several occasions, publicly and privately at the complexity and opaquely of the regulatory environment of which OFCOM and the Competition Commission needs to work within. We are hopeful that Digital Britain itself will start to address some of the deficiencies in the process such that when a regulator can come out and say there is some fundamental things that are wrong in this market that it could still take months and, yes, it could take years. So – unfortunately, we will continue to work with the regulators and with government to ensure that the whole of the market get access to content that is withheld by a dominant player and hopefully,
consumers can reap the benefit of it. UK
February 25, 2009
It's mainly a financial presentation, but on slide 9 there is the following:
- Developing our HD capability>100 hours of HD VOD content; Launching more HD channels this year
- Ofcom Market Investigation may deliver access to Sky premium sports and movie channels on HD
February 24, 2009
UPDATE: Here's the rollout schedule
The rollout is being split up over a few days.
Knowsley Platform 24th February
Langley Platform 25th February
Bromley Platform 26th February
February 22, 2009
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February 20, 2009
Bandwidth-deprived Freeview will have four HD slots available once it introduces newer technology next year and it looks like Channel 4 wants two of them. A proposal has been made to Ofcom for an HD version of Film4 (see story here). It's not definite as it is up against another proposal (from Five) for the fourth slot but it's good to know that the cash-strapped C4 stable is prioritising its stella film channel for HD over the more popular (but less watchable) E4.
For me, this is an essential addition to Virgin's line up - if they can't sort this one out, I'll be the first in the queue for a new HD Freeview box when they ship and Virgin can wave goodbye to my hard-earned cash each month.
February 19, 2009
For me, this is crunch time for the increasingly tired looking series. Volume one was exciting but followed has proven very hit and miss. This third season started well but soon drifted off course again. So will the return of key writer Bryan Fuller signal a return to form? We can but hope...
February 17, 2009
On Sky HD only of course. Here's the reworked opening sequence to save you tuning in to the standard definition version of the (former) funniest cartoon on TV and wondering where all the jokes have gone...
February 14, 2009
Monday evening has the intriguing Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections at 8pm whilst Tuesday boast Horizon at 9pm and the second episode of the new season of Mad Men at 10pm.
February 12, 2009
Original review from EndGadget
Apple TV 2 review from Gizmodo
Apple TV future plans according to CNet
And a very interesting comparison between AppleTV's HD picture quality with DVD, Blu-Ray and cable (US) from iPodLounge
Hope that suffices guys
It actually does mention High Definition, right at the bottom:
Virgin Media was the first to launch a high definition TV service and offers a high-specification, HD-ready V+ personal video recorder.Oh, the irony of it ...
February 11, 2009
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February 06, 2009
If you want more HD TV but don't want to sign up to Sky HD, Apple's on demand service via iTunes and the Apple TV box is starting to look like an attractive option. Details on its TV series programming here.
(Click the Apple TV link for more information on Apple TV)
February 04, 2009
For the record the only Star Trek franchise shot in HD were the last series and a half of Enterprise - check this link for details
And, no, I'm not a Trekkie...
February 03, 2009
The full schedule for the Six Nations matches being shown live on BBC HD isFebruary 7th: England v Italy
February 8th: Scotland v Wales
February 14th: Wales v England
February 28th: Scotland v Italy
March 14th: Scotland v Ireland
March 15th: England v France
March 21st: England v Scotland, followed by Wales v Ireland
As with last year, only matches played at British grounds are being broadcast.
February 01, 2009
There have also been a number of series added to TV Choice on Demand's HD section, but to my eyes these are actually SD programmes mis-categorised. Deep Space Nine isn't in high definition, and I don't think the other material added there today is either.
(Thanks to Doug for the tip on new content)