Happy Birthday BBC HD
I want to invite you to join me in raising a virtual glass - filled with whatever you fancy - to mark the first birthday of BBC HD.
Although I'm sure that some of you will have been with us since the trial days of the BBC's HD broadcasts, back in 2006, the channel formally launched on 7th December last year, weeks after it was given approval by the BBC Trust. In the last 12 months the HD family, of you the audience, and the programmes we have to offer you, has grown enormously and I feel very privileged to have become part of it all back in July.
As ever there have been teething pains - disappearing sound, and on occasions pictures, lip synch, picture quality and DOGs - but with 5 times the resolution comes, in some cases, 5 times the complexity and a whole new technology chain with which to become familiar. Although channels undoubtedly grow up faster than people - and in many cases their life expectancy may be less - BBC HD is still only a toddler and there's a fair amount of maturing to do. I hope that over the next year we will be able to offer more stable delivery and a richer mix of programming on the channel so that whatever your personal passions there is always something that you can find to engage with. ("two champagne glasses" image from quinn.anya on flickr)
This space has been a really important place to share thinking over the last year thanks to you, and your contributions to it.
I hope that we'll grow further over the next year, but I believe that we're open enough to bring those who want to join us into this conversation, and I promise that those of us who work on BBC HD have no intention of getting either too grand or too busy to continue this conversation with you.
Do stay with us - and invite your friends as they gradually get HD connected into both this blog, and the BBC HD channel.
All the best
Danielle Nagler is Head of BBC HD, BBC Vision