HD transmissions from Alexandra Palace?

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  1. sgauntlett

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    Anyone know anything about this?

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    Metro provides live commercial HDTV
    Metro Broadcast, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the WPP Group, BowTie TV and UK cableco ntl have teamed up to transmit a live, commercial, 4:2:2 MPEG-encoded High Definition transmission in Dolby 5.1 surround sound from Alexandra Palace, the birthplace of television transmission in the UK.

    NHK, the Japanese broadcaster chose Metro to project-manage the first European transmission of "Nodojiman", which, literally translated, means "throat show-off". This amateur singing contest has been broadcast to millions of viewers in Japan every Sunday for 50 years. The Alexandra Palace transmission is only the ninth originating outside of Japan.

    ntl provides two SNG uplinks for the live show, one for the HD transmission and one for the standard definition backup. OB specialist BowTie TV was brought in to supply trucks with a total of six HD cameras.

    Metro's Technical Director Barry Noakes commented that two weeks before - again for NHK – Metro, ntl and BowTie TV transmitted a two-hour HD broadcast from the Hampton Court Flower Show in the UK. "We hope the success of both events will spark off a robust commercial HD transmission market and further the argument for HD in Europe," he added.

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    http://www.advanced-television.com/pages/pagesb/newsdaily.html#metrop
     
  2. Chris Muriel

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    No - but I also saw the PR.
    Looks like it's being uplinked to a satellite whose downlink will be out-of-footprint for us though :-(

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
  3. simoncope

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    Sorry, do you mean it is being transmitted from Alexandra Palace as a terrestrial signal? Can't see the point of that, as who is going to be able to pick it up in this country?

    Or do you mean that Ally Pally is the venue for the singing contest?
     
  4. Chris Muriel

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    The latter. Ally Pally as the venue and uplinked from there - but not to Europeans.

    (unless anyone here knows better or has inside information)

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  5. Calleva

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    Yep, it was shot at Ally Pally, uplinked to Satellite and beamed to Japan - so we are going to be a little bit out of the footprint here in the UK !
     

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