BBC America: TV ad specs

Tape requirements

2 x Digital Betacams (NTSC) only
4:3 or 16:9 letterbox only (no 16:9 full height anamorphic)
Line Up Requirements Start of Tape
60 sec 75% colour bars
15 sec slate:
Advertiser Name
ISCI (Key/Clock) Number – provided by Ops team
Spot Duration
Record Date
Aspect Ratio
The last 3 seconds of the VT clock must be mute and black onscreen
Commercial duration must be an exact multiple of 5 seconds
Timecodes All commercials should have continuous and matching LTC and VITC throughout the material. The VITC should be on lines 19 and 21 and field 2 lines 332 and 334 of the video signal. VITC on other lines is not compatible. First commercial on the tape should start at 10:00:00:00.
Audio Commercials may be delivered with full final mix on tracks 1 and 2 (dual mono) or with stereo on tracks 1 and 2 (1=L, 2=R). Tracks 3 and 4 should be blank. Audio level should be –20 Dbfs for Digi Betas and +0 Db for Beta SP.
Miscellaneous 1 commercial per tape only
Rotation Instructions & Technical Enquiries
Tape Delivery Address
BBC World Sales Operations London
Robert Coombes, 2nd Floor East (MC2B1), Media Centre,
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TQ. Email:
Tel : +44 208 433 3040
Material Deadline 10 working days prior to transmission (not editorially complied)
8 working days prior to transmission (editorially complied)
Commercial Tape Storage Tapes cannot be returned to clients. All tapes will be destroyed 6 months after final airing

Digital requirements

We are NOT able to provide a digital transfer for BBC America commercials.


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