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Posted by: Yorksman
14-02-2023, 03:30 PM
Forum: Channel Presentation
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Channel 4 is suffering a breakdown in the middle of Countdown.

A blank screen for about a minute, but now it's a programmes continue shortly caption.

Edit: E4, More4 and 4Seven are on air as usual.

Further edit: And now it's back.

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Posted by: Larry the Loafer
12-02-2023, 07:56 PM
Forum: Industry News, Technology and Facilities
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Not sure if this is the right place to talk about this, so if not, mods are welcome to do their thing.

I have Fire TV sticks in the house, and I've ruled out ever watching 4:3 content on All4, owing to the fact that the picture was both stretched to 16:9 *and* cropped with pillarbox bars on the screen. I just figured this was down to incompetency on the part of the tech folk uploading the content with the wrong settings. I'd flagged this up to All4 from time to time and got no response. I tried looking online to see if anyone else had similar issues, and the results were very thin on the ground. I know people's pickiness over picture quality varies rapidly, but surely, there can't be this many people who are content having their content distorted *and* cropped?

Anyway, earlier this week, I decide to download the STV Player app to indulge in Brookside. I knew as soon as the adverts started that there would be trouble - the STV Player promo was formatted in 4:3 letterbox, but stretched across to fill a 16:9 image, *and* the dreaded pillarbox bars were cutting off the sides of the already distorted image. I brought this up over on the Brookside thread to see if anyone else had this issue. Unless the post was ignored, I can only gather I'm alone in my experiences once again.

I've just gone to play the most recent episode that's available at the time of posting, and to my delight, the STV Player promo was formatted to 4:3 letterbox, *but* it wasn't stretched! Low and behold, when Brookside started to play, I could see the overscan areas on either side of the picture. Rejoice! STV must've noticed the issue and fixed it. I went to check if they'd fixed the earlier episodes - they hadn't. So I went to see at what point the episodes were fixed... I got up to the episode I'd just played and found to be displaying correctly, and it was suddenly distorted and cropped again!

I can only assume this is something happening to me? I haven't come across any settings on either the STV or All4 apps, nor the system settings on the Fire TV stick, that could be having this affect on 4:3 content. Does anyone have the faintest idea what might be going on? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted by: Josh
11-02-2023, 11:37 PM
Forum: Programme Presentation
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Technical issues mean we've now cut to an Adele performance from last year to fill time.

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Posted by: Michael Kenchington
09-02-2023, 01:16 PM
Forum: Channel Presentation
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Has anyone seen the clip of the ITV Telethon 90 opening titles which featured an early appearance of the Thames Television blue and gold triangle logo?

See here (at around 0:02):

I wonder if the Thames Television's triangle logo which was introduced in 1990 also actually made earlier appearances (including in print form) on merchandise and others as well?


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Posted by: W. Knight
08-02-2023, 11:13 PM
Forum: Programme Presentation
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CBS' Late Late Show might end after Corden, to be replaced by a reboot of @midnight, originated on their sister channel Comedy Central:

Quote:CBS is expected to replace its long-running “Late Late Show” after a 28-year run with a reboot of the Comedy Central game show “@midnight,” according to a person familiar with the matter, in a maneuver that would cut costs and also revive a programming concept controlled by the network’s’ parent company, Paramount Global.

CBS had been considering as many as five different concepts with which it could replace Corden’s show, according to a third person familiar with recent discussions. Among those who were pitching CBS ideas were Fulwell73, the production company behind Corden’s program, and Ben Winston, one of Fulwell’s senior executives and a top producer at “Late Late Show.” Fulwell grew less interested in discussions when CBS’ plans for reductions in its production budget became better known. according to one of the people familiar with the matter.

Chris Hardwick, the original host of “@midnight,” is not believed to be in the running to host the new edition, according to one of the people familiar with discussions. CBS is said to prefer a female host, and is also pushing to make sure that talent in front of and behind the camera is diverse and hails from a range of backgrounds.

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Posted by: JamesWorldNews
08-02-2023, 03:32 AM
Forum: Programme Presentation
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John Cleese is to write a sequel to Fawlty Towers!

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Posted by: Newsroom
06-02-2023, 10:15 AM
Forum: News and Sport Presentation
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It's probably worth starting its own thread to avoid multiple posts across threads. 

This story has been steadily developing and is now clearly a major disaster. 

CNNI have been with the story in rolling news mode since it started at around 3am GMT.

BBC News are now in Rolling News mode with the News Channel opting into World's coverage after opener at 9am.

Sky News have also gone into rolling news mode since around 6am. 

Worthy points: CNN's Laila Harrak has been outstanding, I've never caught her covering a story like this. 

Luquesha Burak - Abysmal at covering this kind of story. Unwatchable. 

BBC Breakfast - Can't help but feel Jon Kay can be a little too over dramatic with his gasps for air when covering stories such as this. A bit unnecessary. 

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Posted by: Andrew
01-02-2023, 11:13 PM
Forum: News and Sport Presentation
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A random thought I’ve had

On the news today you have the typical ‘This is Steve he’s working from home today, why? Because this is his son Jack, he’s also working from home today because his teachers are on strike’

Or ‘This is Julie, she’s having to take two jobs, and still can’t pay the energy bills’ and you’ll have a report from her suitably downtrodden looking flat.

Where do they find these people from? How do they find a suitable case study person? Do they put some sort of request out?

Similarly say on budget day, you’ll have a report in a cafe where a group of people are watching the chancellors statement - you’ll have a retired person, a young person, a blue collar worker, an office worker,  some will be left wing, some right wing, some neither. The cafe owner will also chip in with their thoughts. How is this sort of thing set up?

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Posted by: CCFG
01-02-2023, 09:32 PM
Forum: Industry News, Technology and Facilities
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Possibly relating to the regionalisation on Freeview:
DigitalBitrate is now showing a new blank data service on PSB3/BBC-B from transmitters in England.

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Posted by: AaronLancs
01-02-2023, 05:43 PM
Forum: Channel Presentation
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Seeing as this place covers both TV and Radio I spotted there wasn't a place for those of us who love a good jingle package. So I have remedied that.

Jingles are the lifeblood of how a station sounds, feels and states itself publicly. So which are strong and which are weak.

My first entry into the strong category is this package from IQ Beats for LBC. It is a strong package that has a sense of gravitas.

IQ Beats: LBC News

Any others. Over to you.

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