I think I read about 1080 articles (or was it 720) on how impactful HDTV World Cup broadcasting was. Missed em? Here are a few good ones to get you started: What’s on HDTV, Engadget, CIO, HDBeat, and Daily Wireless.
So I was flipping through my 18-odd HD channels I receive here in Comcast San Francisco land, and noticed the Miss Universe pageant, and I figured it was at least worth a few minutes of my time. I was amazed to see that it was actually a standard definition broadcast of the event!
In good old fashioned TV Guide fashion, JEERS to NBC for this!
I took a few fun minutes in Photoshop to replicate my impression of the quality of the video. All the images you are seeing are intentionally lousy looking. Just like the footage of the event.
Of course, I’m not changing the channel just yet…
Yes, sometimes there is just NO rhyme or reason for why something either IS, or IS NOT in HD?
Recently, meaning this year the coverage for the north american formula 1 race in IN, covered in part these days by CBS (this is the worst racing coverage I have even seen/heard – they actually TALK about what the meaning of a pit stop is, and WHY they would change tires, and WHAT it MEANS to take on fuel!) but I digress as usual.
Anyway, I was thinking that the only saving grace for having CBS cover the north american formula 1 race would be that we could have HDTV coverage. Easier to get the equipment around, easier to get the bandwidth to transmit the coverage (this IS an issue) but, what did we get, same old CRAP!
An opportunity passed. I can only hope that in the next season, SOME of the races will be covered in HD. I mean, HOW much MONEY is Bernie Ecclestone MAKING and why can’t he buy a few HD cameras!
It would have been nice to see the betties in HD, but it doesn’t make too much of a differance when they are wearing burlap sacs, now does it!