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Discovery-HD UK

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by paulfoley, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. paulfoley

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    It will probably be the same schedule we have over in America. It's a nice channel. You'll like the program Insectia. Bugs in HD look pretty cool.
     
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    Sounds like the channel will pluck from all their branded channels - giving us the bext mix of Discovery themes. Hard to believe that real (ie not those test channels or Euro1080) channels launch NEXT MONTH in Europe in Germnay - got my box on order for free HDTV...

    Seems like I've been waiting years for HD to arrive (and it has been!).

    H :hiya:
     
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    hi there could u give us some info on box price etc where to buy
     
  5. Howard Pitfield

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    The Philips DSR 9005 is priced at Swiss Francs 595 from www.homecinema.ch (Switzerland). That's about £262 without shipping.

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    I suspect that the UK version may not carry the BBC HD shows - as I suspect the BBC will want to keep them for their own HD offering? (Discovery may only have US rights to Beeb stuff?)
     
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    Makes sense. Whereas they sometimes work together in America (probably the only real way the BBC can get a foothold in this market) they appear to be strictly competitors in Europe.
     
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    Discovery have a 'first look' deal as co-production partners with the BBC in science and documentaries I believe, and Discovery run/ran the BBC America transmission and marketing operation.

    I don't think there is a huge degree of competition in Europe (the Beeb isn't in the subscription TV market) - but the degree of co-operation is probably lower!
     
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    The deal is just a typical foreign joint venture to minimize risks and the difficulties of penetrating foreign markets. Though your BBC is not in the subscription TV market in the UK that's not the case in the rest of Europe, is it?

    To be honest, it's actually suprising that Discovery's competitors, and simply other media companies and channels, haven't raised flags in it being partnered with a foreign government financed media entity like the BBC.
     
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    What does the spec tell me in English????
     
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    Hi Dapex

    basically a "bog standard" state of art HDTV receiver with:

    HDMI output
    DISEQ capable
    Nagravsion built in scrambling
    CI slot spare for more other CI/card (more scrambling systems).
    MPEG 2 hi-def broadcasts (such as Euro1080 use - but seen as old fashioned already!)
    MPEG 2 standard definition digital broadcasts (majority of stations now)
    MPEG4 (or H.264) hi-definition broadcasts just about to emerge (such as Sky, Premiere, sat 1 and Pro7, etc)
    DVB standard (used by most digital broadcasters)
    DVB-S2 standard (being used by new hi-def broadcasters such as Sky and Premiere - saves a bit more bandwidth on transmission)

    So it will accept any free to air digital broadcast, in standard and high-definition. If you have the correct card and CI module then scrambled channels may well be available too. I'm going to try a Dragon CAM with mine....

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    just add a Hard Disk and we have a winner !
     
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    Yep - I think the BBC America playout was part of the same first-look deal that Discovery arranged with the BBC. I think it is effectively a joint-venture. Not sure but I think Discovery are also partners in the BBC People and Arts and Animal Planet channels. (Think I got the names right!)

    The BBC are - as you say - also involved in pay-TV ventures elsewhere in Europe. BBC Prime is the main example of this in Europe - though there is also BBC Food (not sure if this is Africa only)

    These are run via BBC Worldwide - the commercial arm of the BBC designed to generate revenue to subsidise domestic production.

    I think that "government financed" is a slightly less than accurate way of describing it. Yes - the BBC is funded via an act of parliament, and the government and the BBC agree a licence fee funding formula. However the BBC gather their own income (or sub contract the gathering of it) - and don't get direct funding from the government - apart from the funding of BBC World Service Radio services.

    I suspect that given that other broadcasters in the US purchase programmes and formats from the BBC (ABC, PBS, A&E etc.) - and the deal is first look factual, rather than exclusive and total, means this isn't a major issue.

    The BBC is quite careful to comply with European and UK monopoly and fair trading law - this is often quoted as one of the reasons that the BBC spun off its Resources arm as a separate company, so that resource tendering is seen to be more transparent?
     

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