In-depth interview with YouView CEO Richard Halton
Lots of talk about upcoming Youview Alexa voice control and other parts of the YouView pie:
No doubt he will be moving to one of the many comparable platforms that does, or will, support Google Assistant
YouView gets 350 million hits (interactions) per day.
Even more per device/day if many of those boxes have been slung unused at the back of a cupboard for any reason...
The BBC, according to feedback on yesterday’s BBC NewsWatch programme, would have to spend about a third of their regional programmes budget to support HD on regional, so it may not happen anytime soon. And they don’t seem to have heard of upscaling
Certainly for us, our low takeup of BBC1 HD is because of this issue during National/regional news, and a smarter YouView could resolve it for us, if we could just put the box on BBC1 HD, and have it autoswitch for regional SD.
You might want to look at this BBC R&D Blog article.
To be able to even show upscaled regional news they have to:
1) Upgrade all the video routing equipment in all of the regions so that they can actually send and return HD signals from/to presentation.
2) Get a ridiculous amount of satellite capacity in order to broadcast all of the regional versions of the channel.
Issue 1 is a bigger problem than most realise - opt-outs for local news are done in the regions themselves, so they have to be able to take the HD feed from London presentation. Most regions will still be using SD-SDI routers and vision mixers. All of that core infrastructure has to be replaced in order to even deliver an upscaled regional news service (at which point, they might as well replace the cameras and finish the job).
There is potentially some good news here though. With the broadcast industry moving to IP-based delivery and routing, we will eventually see entire vision paths that are solely IP-based. This approach is format-agnostic, meaning that it can theoretically be used for any future standards that are introduced. By moving regions to such technologies, these systems would be (to a certain extent) future-proofed. However, this is not an option that is available at the present time.
With regards to actual delivery, DSAT is the big stumbling point. DTT (which YouView uses) only has to deliver one region per transmitter group, so can mostly use existing infrastructure for BBC One HD with a few modifications. DSAT on the other had requires all regions to have their own version of BBC One HD broadcasting. That's a lot of satellite capacity, and they can't be easily stat muxed as they will be showing the same content 95% of the time, thus all fighting for the same bandwidth.
Per @Anaglypta, HbbTV could be an option for cheaper delivery - especially for DSAT. However, it will require box replacements for a large proportion of those who bought into HD early on.
At the end of the day, it is both a logistical and financial nightmare, which (contrary to popular belief) is not a simple problem to solve.
@Peskdale61 agreed. I think, however, that HbbTV could be installed as part of a firmware upgrade to the YouView platform (if it isn't already there).
I don’t want to record the regional news, I just want to watch it, after I have watched the national news. To do that, seamlessly, I need to put the national news on, on SD not HD.
If I put the news on 101, then when the regional news comes on, I have to rush to the set and choose 1 and get rid of a bunch of gibbering kayakers, or worse.
I would like this to be seamless, whether the BBC do it at their end, which they may do eventually, if not on my timescale; or if YouView do it at their end, by switching me to 1 automagically, and switching me back afterwards.
But my posting was a suggestion on how YouView could maybe achieve the desired result via automatic channel switching.
Could you please go back, reread and carefully consider my posting about this, and post anything further about it on the basis of that better understanding?
Whatever is done needs to be simpler than, or at least no more complex than, switching to SD at the start of the news.
Or leaving the box on SD BBC 1 all day, while the BBC scratch their heads at the disappointingly low takeup of HD, the answer to which is staring them in the face.
Possibly, though, that there would be a greater takeup of BBC1HD if you could avoid it dropping to the gibbering kayakers after every national news bulletin?
Self-evident I would have thought; but it is certainly the barrier to this in our house. Maybe not in everybody else’s, though, so this could indeed be highly personal. But having said that, I highly doubt it.
As regards your ‘also’ point, let me quote from the article:
Why does your TV always turn on at the last channel you were watching? It’s crazy. If you turned your TV on in the morning to watch breakfast news, why is it that every night at 8:00pm when you get in, your TV puts on BBC News? Even though every day for the last however many years, you immediately change the channel. It’s just crazy. So there’s scope for techniques around time-based personalisation....
What I was discussing was a further possible time-based personalisation. Your charge of ‘nothing to do with the topic of this thread’ is summarily rejected.
Come back when you and I are in a post-apocalyptic world, scrapping over the remains of the last cat carcass, and we can reminisce about the ‘YouView days’ and what a shame it was they never got to the end of Keith’s wishlist
Ignore the HDR bit. They are some way away from that yet.