'Big Brother 16' to broadcast in high definition
Variety reports that for the upcoming 16th season, the CBS summer reality show is moving from SD to HD. It is the last regularly-scheduled primetime program to do so, the reason being because for "Big Brother," the process is quite involved.
The show films on a specially-designed "house" that is actually on the CBS Radford lot in Studio City, Calif. The house is outfitted with hundreds of cameras and audio recording devices, so switching from analog to digital was a lengthy and costly process.
"It's not just about swapping out cameras," explains co-executive producer Rich Meehan. "Everything had to be changed ... and we couldn't do anything that would jeopardize production of the series."
Co-executive producer Allison Grodner adds that "14 miles of HD cable" had to be installed in the house to replace the old wiring. She also says that when they finally flipped the switch, everything needed to function as close to perfect as possible, since with the tight turnaround time for "Big Brother," which broadcasts its episodes mere days after the events have happened, they can't afford glitches.
The switch also means a couple fun new features for the eagle-eyed viewers, both on TV and on the live feeds. "We've added 11 new cameras in the house for better coverage," says Meehan. "We've also lowered some of the cameras so viewers are in the action more. ... You can now see from the kitchen area to the bedroom in one shot. It changes the whole look of the house."
We can hardly wait to see it. "Big Brother 16" premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.