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ESPNHD College Football

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by tcass, Aug 24, 2003.

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  1. tcass

    tcass New Member

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    Question: I just hooked up to Direct TV and its HD package. I have a Toshiba 57" widescreen HDTV. I'm using the Hughes HD satellite receiver. I receive Discovery HD, HDNet, HDMovies, HBO HD, SHOWTIME HD perfect in high-def mode. The picture fills my entire screen in 16:9 mode. The picture for all five channels is crisper than I ever thought was possible. True HD.

    I was not home Saturday night to watch the ESPN HD broadcast of the college game in high-def. I did catch the 2 a.m. (CST) replay.

    However, I have some concerns. On my Toshiba in high-def mode, the picture came across squished from top to bottom. The announcers looked out-of-proportion, like a 4:3 picture was trying to fit my 16:9 screen. I flipped over to the other five HD channels and they were perfect -- crisp picture, no squished video.

    Is something wrong with ESPN?

    I don't think it's my receiver because I was able to get the other five HD channels. Was the game really in HD? Am I doing something wrong?

    I went into the install mode and flipped the AV set up around. But everything I did made no difference.
    With football season here, I want to get this fixed.

    Any help?
     
  2. nuts4scuba

    nuts4scuba AllStar

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    I read on a couple of sports messageboards that the picture looked great. One person stated that they had Comcast and the others didn't say if they watched it on D* or cabe. Could the replay been from the standard ESPN instead of HD?
     
  3. tcass

    tcass New Member

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    I was wondering the same thing -- was the replay in standard?
    Maybe, but the picture still was squished. Maybe it was. The program guide on TV, however, labeled it HD.
     
  4. paulh

    paulh Godfather

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    I read elsewhere that currently ESPN cannot re-brodcast in HD. Their studio can only brodcast live HD events.
    After they finish upgrading their studio next year, then all orginal HD events could be replayed in HD. (As well as HD sportscenter, etc)
     
  5. tds4182

    tds4182 Legend

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    I watched the original broadcast on HD on my Sony receiver and the picture was quite sharp and detailed. None of the problems you described. Your theory about the replay being in SD is probably correct.

     
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