Wednesday 17 March 2010, 11:10
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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