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BBC "Delivering Quality First" changes to transmissions

There will be changes to satellite, BBC HD, Medium Waves and Long Wave services at the BBC due to the "Delivering Quality First" cuts

There will be changes to satellite, BBC HD, Medium Waves and Lo
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Here is a quick overview of the services that are going to be cut back.

BBC TWO England HD to replace BBC HD channel

The BBC proposals say:

Closing the BBC HD channel and replacing it with a single version of BBC Two in high definition.

We will continue to invest in high-definition broadcasting, including through the replacement of BBC HD with a single version of BBC Two HD. The variants of BBC One in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would be broadcast in HD from 2012.

Launch a single version, with no variations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, of BBC Two in HD in 2012 to replace the current BBC HD channel. Nations variations would continue in SD

Some BBC One regions to be culled from satellite

The BBC proposals say:

We are reviewing the number of regional variants in England we carry on digital satellite and intend to reduce this to enable savings in distribution costs, though these programmes would continue to be transmitted on Freeview

Red button to be cut to single screen on satellite and cable after Olypmics

The BBC proposals say:

Reduce the number of video streams available on satellite and cable from nine to one to provide a more consistent service across all TV platforms. This would take place towards the end of 2012, after the Olympic Games

Close the news multiscreen service

Medium Wave and Long Wave to close

The BBC proposals say:

Reductions to Medium Wave transmissions for local radio in England in places where coverage duplicates FM

No re-investment in Long Wave once the current infrastructure which relies on technology that is no longer being manufactured has reached the end of its life. In the long term, this will result in the end of Radio 4 on LW, although we do not expect the transmitters to fail in the current Charter period. If they do fail suddenly, we are committed to safeguarding the programming on Radio 4 LW and will use our analogue services to provide continued coverage.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

8:52 PM

Andrew: The internet was designed (when it was the DARPA net) to operate even when under nuclear attack from the USSR, the idea you need "Radio 4 longwave" is rather antiquated.

It is, to be honest, much easier to take out a single long wave transmitter site than the whole mobile phone network with your rather fanciful "computer virus".

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Thursday, 20 October 2011
9:35 AM

Does anyone in the Swindon area (Oxford transmitter) have trouble receiving BBC channels since the switchover? I have re-tuned my Freeview digital TV several times and it does not pick up ANY BBC channels! My other Freeview boxes are ok, but not the stand-alone TV. Also I would prefer BBC Points West to BBC South. Should I move my aerial to point to the Cirencester transmitter?

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Kwizzy53's 1 post EU flag
Thursday, 27 October 2011
1:40 PM

Hi Brian

Sure this has been mentioned before but . . .

Can someone please get Freeview to rejig the Channel Numbers for HD when BBC2 HD starts so that my ageing mother doesn't continue to get confused !
51=BBC1 HD
52=BBC2 HD
53=ITV1 HD
54=Channel4 HD

Current numbering is just daft

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p3tr3v's 15 posts GB flag

3:06 PM

p3tr3v: I'm not sure if that is allowed by the DMOL rules, as the LCN numbers are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

When BBC TWO HD starts up, it would make sense (in England at least) to put BBC TWO HD on "2".

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