Source: MediacasterIn-house, the channel has moved to HD capabilities throughout its production chain, although at present carriage is in SD. Signals are downconverted from HD to SD at BNN, and then delivered to the distributors. "But we're ready to go (HD) when they are," Omelus described. "Cameras (now totalling nine, with six in the field), switchers, servers - it's all HD. CTV made a huge investment in a state-of-the-art facility; it's almost all new gear."
And there's a lot of new visuals, including new business charts and on-air graphics that help illustrate a particular story or particular stock history. Two staffers are currently dedicated to building up the new HD graphic library, with stock images and other materials.
The new look reflects both the channel's new HD capability, as well as its desire to provide a unique angle on the stories it covers.
So that means BNN now has HD equipment and graphics, but it's still distributes its SD signal to cable, satellite and IPTV providers, which is a sign that BNN is not launching its HD version. In my opinion, BNN should have apply to the CRTC about its HD version, and once the Commission approves it, it would launch BNN HD.