ABC to drop HD programming except for news channel

I find this very difficult to believe:

ABC News 24 will be broadcast in HD. All other channels (ABC1, ABC2, ABC3) will be broadcast in SD (standard definition).

Seriously, the national broadcaster is going backwards, from a growing technology to one that should be being phased out?

What the hell is the Minister (guess who) doing?

I feel bad for those people who still wait patiently for the ABC to broadcast programs weeks after they’ve been shown overseas and thoroughly spoilt by discussion on the internet.

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8 responses to “ABC to drop HD programming except for news channel

  1. Great! Now I have to watch Grandpa in my Pocket in SD….

  2. Each broadcaster is only allocated a single HD channel. The ABC could switch to having ABC1 on the HD channel only, but that would prevent anyone with an SD-only set top box from watching it.

  3. “Each broadcaster is only allocated a single HD channel.”

    It didn’t occur to anyone that bringing in the 24 hour news channel in HD would require the ABC to have a second HD channel?

  4. “It didn’t occur to anyone that bringing in the 24 hour news channel in HD would require the ABC to have a second HD channel?”

    When digital TV was introduced each broadcaster was allocated a single 7MHz channel (same width as an analogue channel) which has bandwidth to broadcast a single HD and three SD digital streams.

    I haven’t checked this in detail but I don’t think there’s much free spectrum available for allocation of any more new channels. Switching off the analogue transmissions (now scheduled for end of 2013…) will free up a huge amount, so we can look forward to more HD channels then.

  5. While Conroy seems to be pretty good on the business and politics side of things (NBN, Telstra etc), when it comes to the technical side he’s as lost as any other politician. Which is not really a surprise.

  6. my little one loves ‘grandpa in my pocket.’

    personally i just like his car. 🙂

    also, surely the national frickin’ broadcaster should have as much bandwidth as necessary? i want doctor who in HD dammit!

  7. You’re giving Conroy way to much credit for the NBN.

    Also his business side included pissing 250 Mill taxpayers money away to FTA networks and fucking up live coverage of sport.

    No wonder the media are supporting his Bullshit filter. (Which has now been delayed until after the election) Dodgy ALP fuckers.

  8. Let’s see, which would I prefer to see in lovely 720p HD:
    * Sally Sara in New Delhi reading the latest news wire from AP of what’s happening in Lahore over a crappy satellite videophone
    * Doctor Who, made expressly for HD with wonderful special effects.

    Difficult call, that one. Lucky I have a UKNova account eh?

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