The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. In all the talk about HD and its stakeholders, one group of constituents may have been overlooked.  Returning from the Banff World Television Festival, I whiled away the bus ride back to Calgary in conversation with a staffer at Vu Productions, Bell ExpressVu’s mobile for-hire HD production unit. He said business was booming: that production companies were lining up to use his firm’s hardware, staff and facilities to shoot high-definition content, and demand was growing. While many independent producers fret about the cost of upgrading to HD cameras and other equipment, Vu Productions was finding the return on investment quite satisfactory, thank you very much. But while the industry’s imminent move to HD couldn’t be better for Vu Productions, at Bell ExpressVu’s direct-to-home BDU operations it will likely be a different matter. The staffer noted that while the average satellite transponder can carry the signals of upwards of 30 standard-definition channels, the bandwidth requirements for HD services would likely prove more than ExpressVu’s three Nimiq satellites (and one soon to be launched) could handle. One can surmise, then, that it will eventually be necessary for ExpressVu’s DTH BDU to launch more satellites and lease more Ku-band transponders on those satellites, a fairly costly proposition. While the CRTC has already begun to examine how the costs of moving to an all-HD world will affect broadcasters and producers – and is already mulling such controversial measures as fee-for-carriage, where broadcast distributors would have to pay to access formerly free signals from over-the-air broadcasters such as the CBC – it should also spare a thought for the BDUs. If the commission thinks it’s onerous to produce fully HD programming, imagine distributing a 300-channel universe consisting entirely of such content.