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BBC West is similar to ITV West, but the ITV also has a Ridge Hill service.
BBC Scotland is STV Central (Edinburgh micro region) and STV Central (Glasgow micro region) and STV North (Aberdeen micro region) and STV North (Dundee micro region) and Border's transmitters in England added together.
I wonder how long it will be before ITV HD is fully regionalized? I'd love for there to be a Yorkshire variant of ITV HD, then my grandparents would probably watch ITV HD more than SD ITV, as at the moment, they don't like watching ITV HD, then the regional news not showing.
Josh: The problem is that HD uses about 3x the capacity of an SD stream, effectively making it 3x as expensive to broadcast. ITV are doing better from an advertising perspective, but still not that well. The major regions - with the most ad revenue - are therefore prioritised over the smaller ones.
There is a small capacity boost by switching to DVB-S2 broadcast but you have to switch a whole transponder at once. It's also not recommended to dedicate a whole transponder to just regional variants of one service, as they will be broadcasting the same content a lot of the time; the statistical multiplexer will struggle as the demands will flex at the same time. (Small delays are introduced on the SD service to stop them being completely in sync!) Therefore they are likely to have to rent more than one new transponder to get additional regions on satellite. To make it cost-effective they'd have to find other channels wanting to lease part of the capacity, e.g. 10936V carries 'Star Plus UK' in addition to two ITV regions and one STV.
We may hate that the channels' decisions are based on the satellite platform first, but the fact is that satellite users tend to have more disposable income and are more attractive to advertisers. Since the number of satellite users on the main set is about the same as for terrestrial, the consideration tends to be satellite-led. Not to mention you can effectively get bribes from Sky, by arranging for Sky to lease the transponder, or otherwise subsidise the service. ITV 2, 3 and 4 HD are currently encrypted.
If they are doing it by ad revenue I think Yorkshire (West) would probably be the next to get an HD service: it was one of the first round of +1 services. Having said that, it might not be that soon as ITV have just paid a lot to get all of their regions onto the UK-footprint satellites and broadcast in the clear. This means Freesat viewers now have all four ITV HD services on satellite, not just London and Granada, as well as all ITV SD subregions and all the ITV +1 services that are broadcast.
Stuart Owens Tuesday 29 January 2013 7:06PM Wrexham
How do these micro regions work?
I thought the ITV regional news went out live.
I have before switched between different micro regions on my Skybox and you get the same presenters such as Bob Warman and Sameena Ali-Khan presenting ITV News Central on Central West and Central East and there are times when both news programmes have the same news story at the same time and there are times when they each have a different news story, one more for the West and one more for the East.
Is one pre-recorded? If so, how do the programme makers get their timings so spot on so you can't see the join?
Also, why after so many years of ITV being called ITV did it get renamed ITV1 only to be renamed back to ITV again?
In some way thought, it doesn't seem right to have an ITV and an ITV2, 3 and 4. It kind of makes more sense to have an ITV1, 2, 3 and 4 likewise with having a BBC1, 2, 3 and 4 (albeit the BBC channel numbers are in word form).
Also, since the ITV revamp, why is it that on the Sky EPG are the ITV region channel names just simply called 'ITV' with the exception of ITV1 Border dropping the '1' and keeping the name 'Border' after 'ITV'. Previous to this, all ITV1 channels had the name 'ITV1' followed by the region with the exception of ITV1 Channel Islands was always named 'ITV Channel Is' but now even that it just called 'ITV'.
Has ITV now reduced regional programming budgets even more? Apart from the regional news, when else can you expect to see regional programmes on different ITV regions?
Also, when all the ITV regions like Central TV, Granada TV and Tyne Tees TV were bought to make one big ITV, what would've happened if any ITV's refused to be bought?
And when the ITV licenses are up for renewal next time, could there ever be a possibility ever in the future that any ITV regions could become more independent from the others? Much like STV and UTV have done? What would an ITV region need to do in order to buy themselves back out again?
I'm only asking as I miss the old days of proper regional ITV when you could flick to a different ITV region and find a different programme from your main ITV region.
Also, is UTV +1 available yet on Sky? If so, what are the tuning frequency details?
Hope someone might be able to answer all my questions as I'm just so interested and eager to know these things!
Thanks in advance.
I have a Free To Air satellitereceiver (not Sky or Freesat) and when I now do a scan for channels I just get a list of channels called ITV with no regional information and there are some channels with just the OID number and no name. The broadcasters should realize that there are thousands of people who do not want to subscribe to the SKY or Freesat EPG so they need to name their channels correctly.
The information above for Ridge Hill isn't correct.
In Herefordshire we receive our regional news from Birmingham (just as we do from the BBC) via Ridge Hill. There's also the ITV West news available from Ridge Hill on a different frequency for its Gloucestershire viewers.