You may recall a year or so ago that there was a lot of noise when BBC HD's bit rate on satellite was lowered, new encoding devices were introduced and everyone was up in arms. Us cable customers were eventually told that we should have been affected and were told to get back into our box.
Well, I watch a fair amount of BBC in high def, both on the BBC HD channel and on BBC1 HD, and I still think we are being short changed with picture quality, especially on drama series. Over Christmas I thought that the PQ on Upstairs Downstairs, Eric & Ernie and a number of other programmes was somewhat lacking in definition, and this weekend I watched the final episode of Zen, a programme that should have shown Rome in all its glittering glory but looked to my eyes strangely muted. Some programmes seem to sparkle appropriately - Human Planet had some great photography, even if the narrative felt strangely cobbled together - whilst with others the difference from SD is barely notable (The One Show, for example).
What does everyone else think? US imported drama such as Damages or Mad Men looked great on BBC HD, so why is the UK shot stuff so so-so? Is it production (cameras, tech standards) or transmission?
Or shall I get back in my box?