Did you get this info from them directly from their acquisition department?
I have heard mixed feedback it would be nice to know for sure so we donâ€™t have another Z1 type issue!
Discovery HD Canada has been using XDCAM HD at 35mbps for the last 10 months. Someone sent me an official list months ago. Google it.
BBC lists this criteria as standard def:
The following formats are considered to be standard definition:
o All standard definition video formats
o HDV from all manufactures
o Cameras with image sensors under Â˝â€ť
o Super16 film whether transferred to tape in high definition or not
o 35mm film transferred to standard definition tape formats
o Non linear editing codecs with bit rates below 160Mbs
Furthermore, BBC and Discovery do joint HD productions as well. So if Discovery accepts it, BBC should accept it. Natgeo has had a few programs with XDCAM HD camerawork.
All programs must be submitted HDCAM.
IF you are commissioned by the BBC, NGC or Discovery to do a program, your producer should have cleared your main capture format already. Some discovery programs are shot in HDV19, but only on the JVC ProHD cameras.