August 05, 2008
Olympics coverage on BBC HD
It's difficult to see where the BBC's audience for its biggest-ever high definition extravaganza to date is going to come from; the live Beijing 2008 coverage starts around 1am each morning and runs through to mid-afternoon - hardly peak viewing times. The bigger audiences will be for the 7pm highlights show The Games Today, hosted by Gabby Logan and the 6am-9am breakfast coverage, but it's difficult to see these games really engaging the great British public, especially given the time difference. Mind you, the Australia games proved popular and they really were through the night, so I may be wrong. Anyone planning to record the Games in HD should remember that HD recordings take approximately four times more space on your V+ than regular BBC ones; your hard disc will fill completely overnight!
Anyway, starting on Friday, BBC HD goes 24 hours for a fortnight, and that can't be a bad thing :o)