Big Brother 2011 to air in HD for the first time on Channel 5

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Big Brother 2011 on Channel 5 will be first series of the show to air in HD, it has been revealed. DDF post-production company, which has worked on the show since the first series in 2000, told Broadcast how it was updating its equipment to handle HD for the new series this summer.

The team, which work from a huge 14-metre long trailer on the set of the show, said everything was being upgraded to allow for a top quality transmission from the house.

Spouting a whole load of techno mumbo jumbo we've no hope of understanding, technical director Mark Openshaw said: "We’re looking at using Avid Z800 5.5 Media Composer, but that’s not yet been confirmed. AJA IO Express monitoring interfaces will also be used."

He continues: “Because of the quality of data, we have increased the amount of storage by a factor of five, and we will also have a lot of data wrangling equipment on site.

“Before, we used humongous amounts of tape stock, with tapes continuously run over to the playout truck. This time we’ll be networked to [OB firm] Roll To Record, so that when each programme is finished, it will be transferred and played out directly from its EVS server.”

All sounds very snazzy to us.

The work is expected to be completed in early July just in time for the return of Big Brother with Celebrity Big Brother 2011 starting on Channel 5 in mid-August.

Channel 5 HD is available on Sky Channel 171 and Virgin Media channel 150.

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