BBC HD: All new website and idents
I think I promised a few posts ago that my silence on here was indicative of work being done behind the scenes on BBC HD, rather than idleness. Anyway, today much of that work moves out of BBC offices and into your space with a number of changes to the channel.
On air from 4pm today you'll see some new channel idents. They are the channel branding that sits between programmes on the channel, and part of what defines BBC HD (alongside the programmes on it of course). In their previous incarnation they've consisted of CGI swirling waves, out of which the BBC HD logo has risen - you'll now of course know exactly what I'm referring to and perhaps, like me feel that that particular CGI sequence can be somewhat repetitive and a little out of keeping with the values we're trying to espouse around great cinematography on BBC HD. As of today, they will be leaving us, to be replaced with some new images which I believe are more in keeping with the tone of the channel I want to build for you.
Secondly, the BBC HD website is getting a revamp. That's partly about moving it into line with the other BBC channel sites, and partly because I know that given the limited availability of BBC HD listings elsewhere, for some of you it is a really valuable source of information. The site will link to this blog - which I hope will be helpful - but I also wanted to draw your attention to four new videos on the "What is HD?" page which are embedded in the site. It assumes no knowledge - so probably not intended for those of you reading this - but please do take a look and recommend it to friends and families who know less than you and may be wondering where to start in getting HD and putting the bits of an HD system together. (Editor's note - the videos are embeddable so you can share them on your websites and blogs)
In terms of what's on the channel, I'll have some announcements for you next week. But in the meantime, I can recommend the new contemporary drama All the Small Things which we're showing tonight, starring Sarah Lancashire and Richard Fleeshman, which has a great sound track too. And of course we have the US Masters Golf from Augusta at the Easter weekend, I hope with pictures which will allow you to follow both the players and the ball against the splendour of one of the world's most visually stunning courses. I'm hopeful that The Open will join the BBC HD world next year - albeit in more rugged and windswept form.
BBC HD arrives on iPlayer very soon - but both before and after that I hope that you'll continue to enjoy the channel, and to feedback honestly about what you think.
All the best
P.S. I know that some of you may have lost at least one of the recent episodes of Yellowstone. As far as we can tell the problem relates to boxes rather than to our broadcast - but I wanted to reassure those of you who have contacted us that we will try to find a place to repeat this stunning piece of natural history filming during April.
Danielle Nagler is Head of BBC HD, BBC Vision.