BBC HD DOG Level: Your Comments
Hi, and thanks for all the comments - I can guarantee that I have read them all, and I will do my best to respond to as many as I can.
Firstly, on DOGs: I can tell that the vast majority of people who left comments feel passionately about the onscreen idents. I am not yet sure what I think on where the balance should lie between identifying the channel, and keeping the screen clear for HD pictures. But I will look at the issue, talk to colleagues, and let you know when I reach a conclusion about what is right for BBC HD.
Briantist, roryh22 and ropies all ask about the full nine-hour service and when the hours for BBC HD will be extended. My aim is to ensure that over the autumn, we gradually increase the number of hours we broadcast. I'd like us to be up to the full nine hours, day in day out, by the beginning of April, but I do need to check that that is feasible and that we have enough HD content in the pipeline to ensure that we don't achieve a longer schedule simply by increasing repeats beyond what is acceptable. I'm already working on the plan with the HD channel team, and I'll update you soon.
As for content - the things you would like to see are mostly already on my wish list, and I hope there will be news in the coming months that I can share with you. Chiefmcbeef is one of those who asks about Formula One. I'm already working with our sports team on this - everyone in the BBC is keen, but the decision lies to a large extent with the rights holders. Thetruthisoutthere(exceptattheBBC) asks why Doctors is filmed in HD but not available in HD. At the moment, Doctors is not post-produced in HD. It could be, but as many of you are aware, HD post-production still often costs more than SD and so we have to select carefully which programmes we migrate to HD and when.
Cost is the main reason that the BBC's HD content is limited, rather than concerns about spoiling other channel viewing figures as trevorjharris suggests. Roryh22 is right in saying that the BBC has invested in upgrading the studio TC4. This does mean that we can migrate programmes filmed in there into HD, and I believe that we will see some of those shows moving across to full HD production over the course of the next year.
Kevinw63 asks why we don't premiere programmes on BBC HD. At the moment, we don't have permission for the channel to do that. When the BBC Trust gave its approval to launch the service it felt that that wasn't the right thing for the channel to do. It is obviously something that merits further discussion as the channel extends its hours and develops its schedule.
And I want to respond also to the point made by Tarbatness about not knowing whether a programme is going to be shown later in the evening in HD. I think we do need to do more to help you make decisions about where you watch programmes and what is available on BBC HD. I'm looking at it already.
That's it for now - I'm writing this having just watched the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. There was a time when I thought that HD was a bit over-hyped, but having seen the spectacle and the colour, and the sheer perfection of the Chinese staging on the channel, and having compared it to the SD BBC One broadcast, I understand what others have been talking about.
It was quite literally breathtaking, and happening in my living room. Enjoy the next few weeks. We're broadcasting all of the BBC's Olympics coverage in HD. On the basis of today, I think it is going to be spectacular.
Danielle Nagler is Head of HDTV, BBC Vision.