ABC Ditches HD For Doctor Who

What's worse than a TV program not being made in HD? A program being made in HD but then the local broadcaster decided to show the SD version. That's what's happening with the latest episodes of Doctor Who.

TV Tonight reports that while the special 'The Waters Of Mars' — the much-anticipated third-to-last appearance of David Tennant as the Doctor — was made in HD, the ABC has elected not to show that version. Instead, a slightly upscaled SD version will be broadcast on December 6 — even on the ABC's own HD channel.

The ABC has been criticised in the past for taking its time to show new Doctor Who episodes. This time around, The Waters Of Mars is being shown within a month of its UK broadcast, but these kind of shenanigans look like yet another reason to head to Channel BT.

The (SD) Waters of Mars [TV Tonight]


    I can't even imagine why they would do that. Maybe they saved a few dollars but that's just silly. Baffled.

      TV Tonight indicated that with the launch of ABC3, and current plans with ABC2 and iView that it woul be a cost saving to not get the HD version.

      But in any case, guess what will get a late run in ABC shops the last week before Christmas.

      The reason they would not get the HD version has to do with the fact that their HD channel runs in slightly higher resoultion than their SD channels. To pay for content in a higher resoultion than you transmit is pointless. ABC HD only transmits in 576p. I believe SD channels are 576i for the most part.

        Nope, ABC HD has been broadcast in 720p for yonks now.

    With broadcasting decisions like this, it's no wonder people torrent TV shows.

    wtf, that doesn't make any sense at all

    HD is very over rated. I have HD and quite frankly I dont see that much difference to justify all the expense. As for suggesting download the eps ya gotta be kidding, I used to work in TV and we would record HD at 50mbs, I dont think you are going to download anything of utorrent that is as as a good as watching a proper true HD.

    Another reason why people in Australia Torrent the show to watch it without internet spoilers and then buy it on DVD/Blu-Ray when it becomes available.

    Don't care whether it's in HD or not but why 'o' why do we have to wait so long for the episodes!!
    What's happened to "End of Time"!
    Feel like living in Australia is like living with the technology of the 80's.

    hwo watches Dr who on TV anyway, real fans in Australia cant wait for the recalcitrant ABC to finnally air the show, they download it straight form the UK the next day after braodcast and in HD too!

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