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Perhaps they could've done the live shows (launch night, eviction interviews, etc) in HD.
I don't imagine the smaller remote cameras they use around the house are HD capable though. If so, then I couldn't see why they'd want to spend money upgrading just for the last series. I guess they would've had to change out that TV control unit (or whatever its called) you sometimes see in the background of the studio to handle HD video feeds as well.
Derek just beat me to it, but yes, it only "recently" went widescreen. Given that 16:9 was almost commonplace when BB started ten years ago, that is unforgivable.
Also, many of the shots are well below broadcast standard anyway (where they use miniature cameras) ... not to mention poorly lit (or even IR) shots. None of this lends itself to HD.
Finally, isn't this the last ever BB ? Why on earth would they expensively "tool up" to future-proof a show which has no future. I'm not even sure that it is feasible to turn around an HD programme in the time they have available each day.
I'm always amazed when companies whose business is actually TV can't get this sort of thing right.
Quite often on BB we see them use the plasma screen to show the housemates something ... in the wrong aspect ratio
There can be no excuse for this. They have complete control of everything - often they are even showing material they have shot themselves !
You also see it when a presenter is showing something on a TV during a show. Although we only saw a tiny peek, I'm pretty sure that at least once during the "excellent" Richard Hammond Stirling Moss interview, we saw them watching an old 4:3 recording s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d to fill a widescreen TV. Didn't anybody think to lean forward and say "Hang on a bit, let me just turn off this distortion and select 4:3 on the TV menu" ?