What do you want to see on BBC HD over Easter?

Wednesday 17 March 2010, 11:10

Danielle Nagler Danielle Nagler Controller, BBC HD

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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.

A History Of Christianity

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 1.

    With respect Danielle you said in your previous blogs that you would be a regular 'blogger' but these failed to materialise so I am not optimistic.

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    Comment number 2.

    Not sure there's anything from that list there that I'd want to see again on BBC HD. I've already got a couple on Blu-ray as it's the only way to see it properly in HD anyway.

    Can we have a choice of resolution and bitrate for the program too please? :)

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    Comment number 3.

    How about BBC HD looking like a HD channel over Easter and beyond please. What's the point in repeating these programmes if they are going to look as poor (or worse if they're pre-August) than they did before?

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 5.

    I don't want any those programs repeated. If they were of interest to me I've either already seen them or have them of the hard disk. Anyway its not as though they have only been shown once already.

    What I want is films in HD as not everybody can afford Sky.

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    Comment number 6.

    I have to say I am very disappointed by the choice on offer.

    When I first saw the "What do you want to see on BBC HD over Easter?" I though oh, that's good there's a bunch of things I would like to see - new programming, and some repeats too.

    But when I look at that very dull list, I have to say well of that lot, nothing really. Most of it seems to be just a random selection of individual episodes out of series. Why would I want to select just episode 4 of series 3 of something? Strange.

    It just seems like this is stuff you had scheduled anyway - give or take a few items - and then you have some pretence of letting viewers make the "choice".

    Oh, and given viewers have been able to cast their votes for 10 days now, why are you only promoting it now, 2 days before it closes?

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    Comment number 7.

    The last thing I want to see are yet more repeats. Some of us live in the 21st century and have PVR to save things we want to see again. Sky has promissed 50 HD channels by Christmas so why would I want to watch repeats from the BBC with so much more high quality HD available.

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    Comment number 8.

    A re-run of The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard just before the election!

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    Comment number 9.

    Programs consistently in HD would be a start. Some have you checking that you are on the right channel, so mediocre is the picture. It had to be said. Otherwise why not put on high quality, visually impressive documentaries such as the recent Jim al-Khalili history of chemistry. This for some reason was restricted to BBC4. Simon Schaffer's Light Fantastic cried out to be in HD - a program about light itself in which the visuals excelled, again confined to BBC4!

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    Comment number 10.

    I'd like to see some NEW programming - not a load of repeats.

    What on earth prompts the BBC to think that repeating stuff is good use of the Easter schedule?

    Unless of course the repeats are going to be of programmmes ruined by the drop in picture quality since August - if they are being shown in 1920x1080 and at a decent bit-rate then maybe there is a point?

    Is the BBC going to up the bit-rate from Easter onwards then?

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    Comment number 11.

    Oh well most of the responses to your choice of easter programs are very negative. Will you actually find some new material to transmit or will you ignore the feedback as usual?

    Please can you tell us what the BBC is going to do with the extra Freeview HD channel you now have?

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    Comment number 12.

    Daniella Nagler

    If only i could watch something new on BBC HD that looks like HD.

    May be you could work some magic, and turn BBC HD into a high Quality
    HD channel again, Like before august 2009,

    Danielle, all you have to do is UP THE BIT RATE, AND RESOLUTION....

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    Comment number 13.

    Hi Danielle, found you in this new spot purely by chance. You asked what I'd like to see on the BBC HD cannel over Easter.

    Well for starters, the FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur). Then of course the very funny Flight of the Conchords, which I believe was made, but not shown, in HD (yet).

    The latest Wallander series too, which you only showed once and then said you didn't have enough time to repeat. Likewise the missing HD showing of Madmen, "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency", which you skipped because of an Olympic clash (with an unsceduled Curling match - if I remember rightly).

    I concur that a few HD films wouldn't go amiss either. I saw a great BBC Film recently called "An Education", how about giving that an airing? And perhaps half a dozen similar over the course of the period.

    Finally, instead of repeats of things already shown on the channel, I'd like to see all the other BBC programmes that have been made in HD but not yet shown on the channel. I think it's a long list.

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    Comment number 14.

    I could barely choose one of those, let alone three.

    Is DN actively trying to irritate the blog readership? Or is it just organic happenstance?

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    Comment number 15.

    @13 paul_geaton wrote:

    Hi Danielle, found you in this new spot purely by chance. You asked what I'd like to see on the BBC HD cannel over Easter. Well for starters, the FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX (Kuala Lumpur). Then of course the very funny Flight of the Conchords, which I believe was made, but not shown, in HD (yet).

    Just as a point of clarification if people didn't realise.
    This isn't meant to be a random list of anything people would like to see on BBC HD over easter - rather it is an opportunity to select just 3 items from a shortlist already pre-selected by the BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbchd/eastervote2010

    I think most posters realise that however, and are just demonstrating that what they actually want to see is nothing like what the BBC want us to see.

    The only things I would watch again from that list are still on my PVR from the first time they were broadcast. So why would I need them repeating again?

    The only things I want to see are new things, and like Paul suggests things you have made in HD but never got round to showing - like Rome Series 2.

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    Comment number 16.

    Now that ITV, Five, C4, E4 are all available or announced as full time HD channels, when is the BBC going to pull its finger out and give us a decent full time BBC HD service?

    That would be a nice easter present.

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    Comment number 17.

    Well with the news that ITV HD is becoming a 'full channel' I hope BBC HD will 'try harder' to improve the picture quality.

    Also with Tiger Woods saying he will take part in this year's golf - 'The Masters' I hope this will be shown in HD again.

    Cheers, daveac

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    Comment number 18.

    The one thing I would very much like to see repeated on BBC HD, but never has been AFAIK, would the the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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    Comment number 19.

    How about simulcasting the same content as SD, making BBC HD a full channel? This would make watching easier as viewers know the schedule (their favourite programme times) and could just watch the channel. At least do this when there's nothing HD to transmit instead of churning out the Promo, even if this means up-scaled content as it will look a little better than in SD.

    If that is a step to far (I know not everyone will agree with it) then how about aligning the schedules better so more programmes are simulcasted?

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    Comment number 20.

    I'm relatively new to HD (Freesat) and think that the BBC HD channel hits the right note for a lot of my viewing -- cherry picking the best from numerous BBC channels is great. Long may it continue.

    I agree with some that BBC1 HD would be good as long as BBC HD continues its excellent mix of programmes.

    Pity a lot of the comments have immediately condemned the bit-rate/picture quality. I'm more than happy with the overall quality and suspect that most HD viewers are. Pity that there are a vocal (tiny?) minority who seem to hijack any balanced debate.

    As for the 'boring repeats' over Easter debate, well it's only three that will be shown (not all thirty) and I for one welcome the opportunity - I've been waiting to catch the Joanna Lumley/Northern Lights in HD.


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