I know i've posted this as a reply in the 'Films and TV' (Indy Jones thread) section, but as it has more to do with Digital TV in genearl, I think it deserves a thread of it's own. I've just rang the BBC to complain about the pic quality of Raiders of the Lost Ark on DTV and they eventually put me through to one of their chief engineers. And here's what he had to say about it and more..... I quote (his name with held as requested) "The BBC were well aware BEFORE transmission that the tape of the film (Raiders) for Digital TV was UNFIT for broadcast. It has too much grain, dropouts and cross-talk etc etc (tech jargon)" He was reading from a 'daily log' of known technical faults and he was shocked that it was broadcast. Normally programmes are pulled if they get reports like this. He couldn't give a reason why it was not pulled. He also said that there were two different versions, one for analog (P&S) and one for DTV (Digital WS Transfer), which is the norm. He was most helpful and we drifted on to other digital TV subjects..... He reckons analog will probably NEVER get switched off as there are just too many sets out there and the quality is FAR SUPERIOR to digital and always will be. "Digital pic quality will get a lot worse as more channels come on-line before it gets any better, and it will never equal that of DVD or analog". He totally agreed and sympathised with me that the pic quality on DTV can be very varied and sometimes sub-standard. He got very technical about transponders, bandwidth etc Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound "This is likely in the future if there is sufficient demand. It seems to be gaining popularity on Sky+ and with Hi-Fi/TV consumer products at the moment. But it will be technically impossible to do it terrestrialy, only via cable or Satellite" 2.35:1 Cropping to 16:9 "We (BBC) feel there would be a severe backlash if borders remained in 16:9 transmissions as people feel they have bought a WS TV to eliminate the 'very same' borders on their 4:3 TV. We have to cater for the majority and we are not a 'Home Cinema' provider so as to show a film in all it's glory like the theatre or DVD". I must stress that his tone was sympathetic and he was extremely helpful and very kean to talk in detail.