Being a (relatively) new kid on the channel block, we at the HD channel are keen to try things out and I wanted to let you know about one of them. We aim to broadcast the best of the BBC's programmes - and I'm very aware that each and every one of you will have a different view about what "our best" is.

So, over Easter weekend, we're proposing to hand over a number of those choices to you - our viewers.

At the BBC HD's website you will find a selection of 30 programmes we've broadcast over the last year, representing every kind of programme we show, from Life to Shaun The Sheep, from A History Of Christianity, via Psychoville, to Darwin's Dangerous Idea, and of course Doctor Who and Top Gear.

We're asking you to select between them in our Easter Vote and at the end of the voting period we'll find schedule slots for those that you most want to see again. Of course I'm also interested in the thinking behind your choices - and in anything that you feel we've left out.

It's important for the channel team and I to understand the programmes you like to see in HD so that when we take decisions about new programmes - or the moves of existing programmes into HD - we're making the right calls on your behalf.

BBC HD is a youngster as TV channels go: We launched just over two years ago, at a time when very few homes had access to HD, and those who understood the letter combination were few and far between.

Today, HD is prominently available from every television supplier, available to take home with the groceries, and there are numerous channels to choose from. We're now providing programmes viewed by over three million people each month, and rising, but there is still a long way to go in terms of what the BBC is doing, and will do, in HD.

For those of you who have HD already, I hope that my posts on this blog can provide you with some interesting behind-the-scenes detail, and also news on the development of the service.

For those of you interested in HD but who don't yet have it, I hope I can give you an understanding of what we are doing in HD to inform your decision - and I'm sure you will also be able to learn from the others who comment here. There is more information about HD and an overview of the different routes to getting HD on the BBC HD website.

This is the first of what I intend to be regular postings about the BBC and high definition television. I've been writing on the BBC's Internet blog about HD since I took responsibility for BBC HD 18 months ago. As HD grows up, and becomes part of the television mainstream (we're not there yet, but hopefully on the way), this feels like a more appropriate home.

I look forward to sharing the continuing HD story here with you.

UPDATE: The Easter vote has now closed and we're now going through the results. A big thank you to everybody who voted and left feedback on here, and we'll be announcing the results of the vote on Wednesday on the BBC HD page.

Danielle Nagler is head of BBC HD

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  • Comment number 74. Posted by Fiona Wickham - BBC TV blog editor

    on 7 Jun 2010 11:05

    Hello everyone, thanks for your comments here.

    Those of you that would like to get into detail about HD picture quality - please look at the new post on the BBC Internet blog. It's collectively written by a group of critics of BBC HD picture quality who were invited into the BBC by Andy Quested to discuss the subject in person.

    Makes very interesting reading! Please post any comments about picture quality on the Internet blog.

    Thanks all.

    Fiona, TV blog editor

  • Comment number 73. Posted by BananamanUK

    on 13 May 2010 16:02

    (@69 - paul_geaton - I agree)

    Danielle,
    I know this is a bit late, but I think that to answer your question the BBC needs to decide what it wants the future of HDTV in the BBC to be.
    I answered questions to the BBC Trust survey recently and in my opinion there doesn't appear to be a clear 'direction' that the HD service is heading in.

    ITV have now provided the permanent HD channel, which currently consists of mostly upscaled content. Sky have made a clear commitment to providing a wide range of True HD and upscaled HD services, albeit at a price premium to the customer.
    I understand and to a large degree admire the BBC commitment to only use the HD channel to broadcast high-quality HD programming (with the 25% SD content max caveat), but I think that a clear commitment should be made to providing a bigger HD service.

    Is the ITV route the correct one to follow? Well that's debatable.
    By having a dedicated HD-only channel the BBC can 'cherry-pick' the best content from across the channel range, rather than being forced to simply show a mix of HD and upscaled SD content because "that's what's on BBC1". However the upscales done at source are clearly of a better quality than 99.9% of the consumer equipment held by the general population, so perhaps there is value in providing that service. After all if I'm watching ITV I only watch the the ITV HD channel and why wouldn't I, as I've got a Humax Freesat box and don't have an expensive scaler.

    What would I like to see on the BBC HD Channel?
    - High quality sports broadcasting: The Grand National looked fantastic, but why were Badminton Horse Trials and the World Snooker Championships relegated to 'Red Button' coverage? I too would love to see the F1 on BBC HD, but my understanding is that the HD feed hasn't been released to broadcasters yet. Can you clarify that for everyone who's asked?
    - Continued commitment to good quality drama, comedy and nature programming: Something we've come to expect from the BBC HD channel. Long may it continue to grow.
    - More films: More, more, more! The source material is already there, lets see it exploited.
    - More live programming: Strictly always looks good but why not some of the news / magazine programmes too? When Paxman makes the politicians sweat, I want to see the pain on their faces!
    - Expand the core BBC HD hours and get rid of the pointless preview loop: Use the channel for content, not for snippets, especially when there is content available.

    I've finally answered the question now I guess!

    Before there's any replies about what constitutes high quality, this ISN'T a PQ post as that has been done to death in other blog posts. Whilst I appreciate the good work that Paul Eaton has done to highlight the perceived issues, frankly Danielle if I were in your shoes then I'd have switched off from reading any more of those posts. You and Andy made your points on those threads and responding to Paul's complaint IMHO and continually regurgitating that debate now won't change your stance or actions.

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  • Comment number 72. Posted by Wideboy

    on 11 Apr 2010 16:53

    I would like to see the F1 racing on bbc hd, you get the 6 nations rugby why not the f1?

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  • Comment number 71. Posted by derek500

    on 9 Apr 2010 15:38

    @68

    All Sky News' studios have been upgraded to HD as have their UK reporters and some foreign correspondents/bureaux too.

    Don't confuse Sky HD with BBC HD!! When Sky do something in HD, they do it properly.

    As an example their latest 'talent show' Got to Dance' was 100% HD/DD5.1. That's the auditions, visiting contestants homes, live studio shows, everything. BBC HD only do half measures as it seems does ITV1 HD, with Britain's Got Talent only being in HD for the live shows.

    But never forget you have to pay Sky for the privilege. 'Believe in Better', doesn't come cheap.

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by jTemplar

    on 9 Apr 2010 09:42

    Moving Danielle Nagler onto the TV Blog was a brilliant move to hide all the previous negative comments about BBC HD on her previous blogs on the BBC Internet Blogs - now clicking-on DN just brings up this blog.

    George Orwell would be proud of you.

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by paul_geaton

    on 8 Apr 2010 19:45

    Danielle, this Blog is now obe'd. Time for a new one I think. How about one on the future of HD from the BBC?

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  • Comment number 68. Posted by OfficerDibble

    on 8 Apr 2010 09:30

    Personally speaking, News is the last place for HD. The only facility that may have the HD capability is the studio... and I don't care two hoots if the anchormen prance around in HD - it is inconsequential. All other material is sourced from a variety of sources around the world and can be anything from 4:3 handycam to live links etc. None of this needs to be in HD. None of this can afford to be in HD. I certainly do not want my licence fee spent on upgrading formats in the studio and on location for no real benefit.

    HD needs to concentrate on content that we will see the benefit on screen and that is readily affordable for the hours on screen. That is why F1 and sport is a natural first choice, and high end drama is second. Ironically, with the hours on screen, Eastenders should be next, although I hope they scrap the corrosive tat as soon as they can.

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  • Comment number 67. Posted by Daniel Stewardson

    on 7 Apr 2010 13:18

    Hi Danielle,

    This is the first time I've posted on here but I feel strongly enough to want to.

    Sky have announced that Sky News HD will launch nearer the end of April 2010 to coincide with the Election coverage and the leaders debates. However, I haven't heard any information on whether BBC HD will be broadcasting any of the Election coverage in HD?

    Also, are there any plans whatsoever to launch an HD version of BBC News?

    Thank you,
    Daniel

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  • Comment number 66. Posted by OfficerDibble

    on 6 Apr 2010 14:57

    Was F1 on HD? can anyone answer this?

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  • Comment number 65. Posted by citizenloz

    on 5 Apr 2010 22:17

    @64 Paul in Preston wrote:

    Consider this.
    ITV HD.
    Don't all of you lot at the BBC feel like you are getting left behind? The beginning of April saw ITV launch HD and to me, that makes you, the BBC, the April Fools.


    Or consider this instead.

    ITV HD didn't broadcast a single HD programme today...

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