BBC TWO HD, some thoughts
Broadcast recently reported BBC HD/3D boss quits; BBC2 HD planned:
"Meanwhile, the BBC HD channel will move towards becoming a simulcast of BBC2, although a spokeswoman stressed that a full BBC2 HD channel remained a long term aspiration. No proposals have been put to the BBC Trust yet, but they could feature as part of Delivering Quality First."
It is worth noting that this idea, however unplanned, would certainly be a good "win" for the BBC, as it would be playing the Sky EPG game to their advantage.
Currently, BBC HD is Sky channel 169 and BBC One HD is 143, both quite a few pages down the Sky HD electronic programme guide.
However, as a "full replacement" channel, BBC TWO HD would appear at 102 - right at the top of the high definition channel list!
As there are only four regional versions of BBC TWO, one each for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, satellite capacity would only have to be found for an additional three high definition video streams if the HD channel was taken from the EPG.
The problem at the moment is that only three HD streams fit into an Astra 2D transponder, or four on the "wider" Astra 2A/2B satellites.
BBC three, FOUR, CBBC, CbeebiesAnd just another two streams would be required to provide the other four channels, as UK-wide services BBC three timeshares with CBBC, and BBC FOUR shares with Cbeebies. And, again, as "full replacement services", they would go in the Sky EPG at 115, 116, 613 and 614.
BBC oneWith 15 regions on BBC one, fifteen streams would need to be carried to get BBC One HD at position 101. That would require four or five full transponders to carry the services, capacity that is not currently available.
For this reason, the BBC currently plan to only provide for the 16.2% of the UK population in the nations (Scotland 8.4%, Wales 4.9%, NI 2.9%) on BBC One HD, so the channel will remain at 143, but with local news and schedules for the "nations".
7:23 AM Chester Le Street
How annoying is BBC HD that it isnt BBC2HD when you want to watch BBC2 in HD.
BBC regions what a mess. First off they used to just give us music on hold when watching BBC1 HD when the local news was on, now i get Manchester local news, weather and adverts BUT i live near Durham!
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DaveCheltenham: Whilst this would be quite possible, Sky do not wish to provide the facility on their system, and it is not implemented on any Freeview HD box out there.
Also, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland there are considerable changes from the BBC One England schedule, not just "opt outs".
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Ed Powner: The BBC changed the transmission mode used for their HD services back in June, this causing problems with various TV's and boxes, so if you have just acquired whatever you have try giving it a factory re-scan when hopefully they should respond, if not then please state the model of whatever you are using as some are unable to respond.
If however they have been OK until very recently then your location (pref post code) will have to be given, this to enable reception possibilities checking.
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