Product Type: BBC TV channels
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An average of 6 hours of native HD a day!
Member Name: djkunal
Date: 10/09/09, updated on 16/09/09 (16 review reads)
Advantages: Free to air
Disadvantages: Too much repeated content, Picture quality not as good as it used to be
BBC HD is a free to air channel currently available on Satellite & Cable, as well as the recently launched Freesat service. All it's content is broadcast in native High Defintion, however the channel only currently broadcasts such content for an average of 6 hours per day. The rest of the time is filled with a looping previews of the channel & audio/video tests.
Apart from the lack of time it's actually on air, it seems that there is still not enough original content to broadcast as the number of repeats shown is extremely high. This is slowly improving but very slowly compared to channels such as Sky1 HD which has so much more native HD content available.
I have also noticed that the quality of the picture although still high definition has gone downhill over the last year. This is due to the fact that the channel are now compressing their shows more so they take up less space but in turn this reduces their quality.
Although there are the occasional gems to be seen, I would say BBC HD has a long way to go before it matches the quality of some of the other HD channels out there!
Summary: There are better quality HD channels out there
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