I'm posting this in the LCD TV forum because it's particularly an issue for us, seeing as our displays are clear enough to show up these sorts of flaws. The quality of BBC's channels is considerably poorer than most others (not including the shopping channels). They seem to be using very outdated encoding equipment, and on top of that they seem incompetent as to good practices for successful digital TV broadcasts. Their News 24 studio feed is fed from what looks like an old 4:3 analogue camera with the top and bottom cropped to give a widescreen image. It has a lot of picture noise visible, which wreaks havoc for the encoding process. Yet just a few channels up, SKY News, despite the handicap of being in 4:3 and thus having big black borders down the sides of the screen, is far more pleasing to the eye. Of course, remember this isn't a comparison of the quality of their journalism, I'm guessing BBC's will be better by far. But what is the reason for this? Channel 4's news also looks miles better than BBC. The same goes for regular programming - BBC's stuff is plagued by block noise, yet most of C4's is crisp and clear. I've gotten so put off by this that I've previously locked the offending channels out or just stopped watching them entirely. Now I don't watch much TV, let alone BBC channels which don't appeal to me at all, but this is not good enough for a public service broadcaster. The equipment used: Sony KLV-26HG2 LCD TV Sony VTXD800U Freeview receiver (RGB connection) Canon Digital Ixus 40 camera And now, BBC: The bottom two pictures are the worst I have ever seen, and are worse than the usual standard. They're the reason I felt compelled to write this thread. It doesn't usually sink to this level. These outdated practices must stop, especially in preparation for HDTV. We can't let them mess up HD the same way they messed up Standard Def.