Rounding Up HD News: BBC HD Drops DOGs; 20% of TVs to Go Dark After DTV

Oct 23, 2008  •  Post A Comment

BBC HD Is Out of the DOG House
After several viewer complaints, DOGs, or digital on-screen graphics, will be gone as of this weekend on BBC HD, according the network’s blog. Citing frustration at cluttering up the HD on-screen action, BBC HD will remove the lower-corner logos from all movies and some of its other programming starting this weekend. For the rest of the programming, the DOG will be turned down to its lowest visible level.
About 20% of Antenna TV Users to Let TVs Go Dark After Digital Switch
According to an ABI Research report, nearly 15% of all Americans use over-the-air antennas for their televisions, and after the digital switch in February, nearly a fifth of those users will let their television stay dark, TelevisionWeek reported.
Nearly 75% of the users said they would purchase a converter box to continue receiving over-the-air television signals, while 10% would invest in a cable or satellite subscription.
‘Dark Knight’ Blu-ray Release Gets Bat-Pod Pack-In
The Blu-ray release of “The Dark Knight,” expected to drop Dec. 9, will contain a standard release and a limited-edition version that will come with a miniature replica of Batman’s motorcycle, The HD Room reported. Confusion surrounded the “Knight” HD release as information about the limited edition was provided and then quickly removed by Warner Bros., the site said. Both the limited-edition and standard releases of “Knight” will be available at all retailers, and the limited edition is priced at $64.99.
Bond Shakes, Not Stirs Blu-ray Releases
Seven James Bond titles, including “Dr. No,” “Thunderball,” “For Your Eyes Only” and a repackaged and retooled version of the most recent 007 adventure, “Casino Royale,” entered stores as Blu-ray titles Tuesday, High-Def Digest reported.
Sold as standalones or as two prepackaged sets, the titles boast several exclusive goodies depending on the title, including behind-the-scenes documentaries, crew commentaries and interviews with Bond creator Ian Fleming.
Also hitting stores Tuesday were “The Incredible Hulk,” “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”


  1. If 15-20% of the TVs “go dark,” then it merely shows the percentage of people in this country who just don’t get it! After a year of publicity, in the papers and on TV, those poor souls might as well look at white noise; it is probably enough to tax their minimal intelligence.

  2. It’s not because they ‘don’t get it’, it’s because there’s nothing worth watching on TV anymore anyways!

  3. BugKiller:
    If there’s nothing worth watching on TV, why are you posting on a TV trade publication web site, elitist snob?
    And do you call “Mad Men” “nothing worth watching?” “Pushing Daisies?” “30 Rock?” “The Shield?” “Frontline?” What’s your idea of quality programming–Urkel and “Andy Griffith” reruns?

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