[opendtv] Re: Why Europe should choose 720P for HDTV

  • From: "Alan Roberts" <roberts.mugswell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 16:41:17 -0000

You should be aware that the ITU, at a recent meeting, was asked to approve
720/50p as a broadcast standard. It didn't. The reason given was that there
was "insufficient support". The UK wasn't even represented at the meeting. I
don't know why. The EBU has distanced itself from the arguments,
particularly after the furore at IBC, and has announced that HDTV ins Europe
will not be forced into any single standard, individual broadcasters will be
free to adopt 720/50p, 1080.50i or 1080/25p (probably meaning psf), with the
possibility or format changes at programme boundaries. This is the freedom
that I've argued for for a long time, and Sky have said they'll follow this

HDTV is very firmly on the agenda for European broadcasters, the amount of
HD activity grows apace. There's an RTS Colloquium on it next Tuesday, Andy
Quested (Head of HD policy at the BBC, at least I think that's what he's
being called these days, I don't care as long as he pays my freelance
prices) won't be there because he's at an EBU meeting on HDTV.

I have nothing against 720p, or 1080i, or 1080psf. What I'd really like is
1080/50p; the only issue for me is to find the best route. I believe that
restricting broadcasters and programme-makers to single formats will stifle
development and delay the arrival at the best solution for all.

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