Big Brother 11 Will NOT be in HD

Posted on: Friday, June 12, 2009 at 8:20pm

Big Brother 11 and the 24/7 live feeds will NOT be broadcast in high-definition. Several Big Brother websites are reporting that BB11 and the live feeds will be broadcast in HD. After speaking with Real Networks and a Showtime representative, it became clear that there was some confusion circulating regarding a previous message from Real Networks.

Real Networks plans on testing its Helix streaming technology for Big Brother. This platform can support HD streaming. However, the cameras in the Big Brother house have not been upgraded or replaced for HD viewing.

Showtime did say that they might upconvert, or stretch, the standard-definition signal coming from the house to fill the HD screen for Showtime’s HD viewers. But this will not increase the quality of the picture because the cameras are still operating in 4×3 standard-definition.

However, Real’s Helix streaming allows fortimeshifting and multi-camera viewing in realtime.  This means that for Big Brother 11, Real plans on rolling out a “Flashback” feature to allow users to enter a specific date and time and the feeds will rewind to that point.  Additionally, viewers can see thumbnail previews of each of the house feeds at all times.  More details will be released soon about these new features.

If you would like to sign up for the 24/7 feeds right now, you can do so here and re-live some of the best Big Brother 1o moments.  Or look for a 25% off deallater this week on

  • Fred says

    CBS is this unacceptable in 2009 when more and more people have and will soon be buying HDTVS.

    CBS is so cheap, all there other reality shows are in HD.

    June 15, 2009 at 7:58 am
  • Will says

    Come on CBS, I want to see Big Brother in HD! There may be hope for one day though, as CBS also said Survivor would “never be in HD”. I also hate the upconversion if it’s stretched, I’d rather see everything the way it should be.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm
  • Bill Deal says

    Haha even the cheap shows are in HD and with BigBrother being as popular as it is, they must be making some reasonable money from it. What a strange decision from the production team over there, but I must assume they have their reasons, be they technical or commercial.

    I’ll still be watching either way.

    August 4, 2009 at 4:16 am
  • dalvarez says

    I’m not worried about it big brother I’m just glad you guys are still on the air “you go big brother”

    September 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm
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