What is the point of BBC HD?

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Can anyone tell me what the point of the BBC HD channel is?  Really, what is the point of broadcasting 8½ hours of crap in HD?

BBC1’s schedule today includes MI High, Newsround, Weakest Link, the One Show, Eastenders, Panorama, Life, the Graham Norton Show and Apprentice USA.  During the same period, BBC HD has LazyTown Extra, My Almost Famous Family, Doctors, Flog It, Panorama, Gardeners World, Life and Scallywagga.  Only two programmes from the BBC1 schedule and not one from BBC2.  What a waste.

Enormous amounts of money have been spent on HDTV and the BBC is wasting an opportunity – not to mention our money – because they’re showing crap on the BBC HD channel.  I’ve had Sky HD for a few months now and I haven’t watched the BBC HD channel once.  There really is nothing worth watching on the BBC HD channel – especially for the 15½ hours a day when it just shows previews.  Why not show an upscaled version of whatever is showing on BBC1 or BBC2 during the day instead of previews?



  1. subrosa (13 comments) says:

    I’ve got a large screen HD TV and the HD is never used. I tend to watch my 26″ in another room as the picture is clearer (and I can have a smoke into the bargain!)

  2. Larry (2 comments) says:

    Is it just me or is there really negligible, if any, difference between bog-standard digital on an HD telly and specifically HD programming on the same telly? I fail to see what the big deal is about. I mean, if you have to screw up your eyes to search for slight differences in quality, what’s the point? If I’m being totally honest, I don’t see any difference between an upscaled DVD and a blu-ray disc.

    I watch stuff on a 32″ 1080i panasonic. Not sure if that makes a difference. Someone said to me that to truly appreciate HD, you need a 1080p telly over 42″ or larger.

    Any thoughts?

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