I recently complained to the BBC about the decline in PQ in their HD output and just received the following depressing, if surprisingly frank, reply: Thank you for contacting us regarding the picture quality on BBC HD and in particular, "Hotel Babylon". High definition transmission in Europe uses very new technology that is constantly evolving and improving. BBC Research continuously monitors the quality of the images and works with manufacturers to improve the picture quality and also help reduce the unsustainably high bit rates used at the start of the trial. Last June, a new version of the transmission software was implemented that not only improved the picture quality but allowed us to make the first of several bit rate reductions that were required of us due to the limited available spectrum. The timing was chosen to allow us to compare the quality of the new version against the quality of a known event from the previous year. We monitored audience response to the change and found the quality was seen to give a noticeable improvement to a wide range of programme genres from the very high demands of live sports coverage, to capturing subtle changes required by drama. Work with the manufacturers is continuing and we hope to implement more improvements to quality and reduce the still-high bit rates in future, without reducing the high quality of the pictures. BBC HD takes picture quality very seriously. From the start of our HD transmissions, setting very high standards has been of the utmost importance to us and we have even refused to broadcast programmes that do not meet our criteria. Kind regards, BBC HD Comments?