BBC Motion Gallery’s commitment to HD
BURBANK — BBC and its subsidiary BBC Motion Gallery (www.bbcmotiongallery.com) believe in the HD future. Infrastructure, programming and production resources are evolving as the market emerges. At present, BBC Motion Gallery reports that only a small percentage of incoming queries are from customers requesting HD footage exclusively. This can be attributed to the slow adoption of HD and lack of standardization in the US and Europe. In Japan and other Asian countries, where HD broadcasts are more common, this is starting to change, and BBC Motion Gallery intends to continually augment its offerings to meet client needs.
Though the market is still in its infancy, BBC Motion Gallery maintains a collection of more than 50 full-length programs, films and series that either have originated on HD, were remastered for HD or were upconverted from SD to HD. Much of this material includes images from shows such as Walking With Dinosaurs, The Blue Planet and an upcoming natural history series being shot in HD called Planet Earth, which is set to debut in January of ’06. Other HD material offered includes the sci-fi series Star Hunter, various opera and symphony performances, How to Build a Human, Wild Weather and Great Wonders of the Natural World.
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