Monthly Archive for December, 2005

The End is Nine

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So Kerry Packer is dead, it looks like the whole network could be going up for sale (although apparently not), and the word on the street is that Channel 9 will be completely relaunching on New Years day.. what better time to have a look back on the 9 brand (except because I live in Canberra the part of 9 will be played by Win) and ask, why do so many people watch you?

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Updated Logo

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Channel Nine has never been part of the idents.tv’s previous banners, so with the possibility of the network relaunching I thought it was about time.

When the BBC gets festive II

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Just some more BBC Christmas idents, I really like the whole formula for the BBC Three idents, and this Xmas variant works perfectly. Also there is another version of the BBC Two ident I showed a few posts ago, I think the lighting is very cool, and this time one of the firefly/comet things hit the ‘camera’.

The EPG

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All networks in Australia, except the ABC broadcast Electronic Program Guides on Digital TV. For some reason SBS is the only network that broadcasts their EPG in Canberra, on my trip to Sydney however I managed to grab samples from the other three EPG’s.

SBS is my favourite of the bunch (check out their old EPG here). I don’t mind the Seven and Nine EPG’s and the Ten one looks good too but it so horribly out of date its embarrasing. They have icons promoting shows that aren’t on anymore, they have photos of Neighbours cast that have left the show, and I thought Australian Idol was over? Its as if Network Ten don’t realise their even broadcasting it.

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When the BBC gets festive

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The BBC sure knows how to throw a party, I love these Christmas idents. The BBC One ident may be full of cliches wrapped in Christmas kitsch but its brilliantly executed with great production and I think it works really well.

The BBC Two ident uses a similiar technique to that of the ABC’s ‘Exercise your imagination’ promos. It takes the traditional BBC Two formula to very cool extreme.. happy holidays!

When the ABC gets festive

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Before the ABC changed over all their idents this was the Christmas ident they were using for 2005, nothing special, but very ABC if you will. (This video starts with the new ‘coming up’ menu from the ABC as well).

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After the change the ABC started to use this tweaked version of it, I’m not in love with it, but its not bad.

More of ‘There’s More’

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There seem to be quite a few of these new ABC idents, and here are just a few I’ve got already. I really like the 60 second ident (previous post), I just hope ABC don’t make hundreds of them like they did with the ‘Everyones’ campaign, just make enough good ones that we don’t get bored.

The video for the frisbee ident also includes the new ‘warning’ for an M rated program, it kind of reminds me of the UKTV warnings.

There’s more to television.. on ABC

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The ABC have just relaunched their whole idents package, and on the same day as my graduation, coincidence?

Well probably, but either way the one 60 second ident I’ve seen so far is fantastic, I’m still trying to take it all in, they fit alot into one minute, but there is no doubt that this is a lot better then what were used to seeing, I can’t wait to see how this unfolds.

The Sydney Sessions

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Spent the night in Sydney on Thursday, didn’t record that much stuff, but did get the long version Network Ten promo and something from Seven.

I really want to like the Ten promo, but I just wish they hadn’t made 90% of it out of stock images and video, its particularly noticeable on the clips that aren’t in 16:9 (look for the one with the teens on the coach). Channel Seven is pretty ordinary, its better then the Prime stuff we get in Canberra, but the whole Gottaloveit thing almost makes ‘Still the One’ look good.

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The Weather Sessions

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The networks all have their own take on how to present weather, SBS do the whole world in a minute while Nine barely get past the suburbs of Sydney on their ‘National’ broadcast. ABC seem to take the longest, with a weather report that can at times top three minutes. Ten and Seven insist on sending out weather people to locations around town, Tim Bailey on Ten is far more annoying then Seven’s Nuala Hafner though.

From a design perspective ABC and SBS are at the top of my list. Ten is by far the worst with its depressing little sunshine icons. Nine waste too much time with scroll bars at the bottom of the screen and moving the map around from left to right, and Seven’s map looks OK, but is a bit cartoony.

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