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Old August 13th, 2003, 01:14 PM   #1
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Article in this month's "Essential HomeCinema" about the future of HD TV in the UK. The bottom line is that there are no current plans, so it will be a very long before it happens. Nevertheless JVC are going to release HD TVs here, so possibly we may see HD videocameras.
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Old August 13th, 2003, 01:56 PM   #2
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That's a shame, being from the UK originally myself I'm sort of dissapointed that people over there haven't demaded it Is it the lack of competition in TV channels maybe? I guess unless you see it you don't know what you're missing.
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Old August 13th, 2003, 02:45 PM   #3
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The TV industry are gearing up towards it. Although it won't appear tomorrow!!!

At the production show there were various high end editors which were using HD - Avid etc.

I expect more to be announced at IBC in September.

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I read an interview how they used old HD rigs (in trucks) to shoot with new HD cameras a ballet for Japanese TV. The HD rigs and production house was UK-based. These old HD rigs were like portable ENG units that were from the early 90s, but like I said, new HD cameras and I'm sure, new HD reel-to-reels. I can't remember the magazine, maybe DV or Film and Video?

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Old August 15th, 2003, 04:42 AM   #5
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The first european HD channel, Euro1080 expects to start broadcasting in January 2004. It will be pre-launched at IBC and wil broadcast in 1080/50i.

The real question is, who will be watching?

At least we can be sure there will be more HDTV sets sold in Europe. The technology is there (although still costly), all we need is content.

Euro1080 could pave the way by broadcasting such high profile events as the 2004 Olympics and the Euro 2004. Blue Laser HD DVDs should also be a strong incentive.

Euro1080 also plans on broadcasting special events directly to HD equipped cinemas.
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Old August 22nd, 2003, 09:21 PM   #6
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GRPD1 is apparently not HD size.

It records 625/25P, 625/50P but not 720P. Details are scarce though. They've announced the camera but I can't find when the release date is. Let's hope it's not a downgraded camera.
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625/25P, 625/50P might be ideal for those looking to convert to 24p. Depending if the full 625 is used it might be very close to the 720p(which we know is not fully used)
I assume they would be using the mpeg not Dv compression. I am really curious on how this camera plays out!
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