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#1 OFFLINE   tuff bob

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 11:26 AM

Is there any hope to get this channel in HD? It's been frustrating to watch basketball on this horrible SD channel ... and its been even more frustrating because I've noticed that when ESPN / ESPN2 have been doing "live look ins" to the game on ESPNU - the game is shown in HD on ESPN/ESPN2 ... so the game is in HD already!

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#2 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 11:27 AM

Not for a while... as I don't even think Disney/ABC/ESPN has announced any plans to offer ESPNU in HD
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#3 OFFLINE   tuff bob

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 11:29 AM

How about a 609-1 so when they have HD equipment at an ESNPU game, we can get it in HD ;)

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 06:54 PM

If Disney offered ESPNU in HD, then I'm sure it would've been on all of our systems months ago.

As Earl said, there are not even plans to offer it in HD, so don't hold your breath on it

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 07:00 PM

Why would ESPN produce an ESPNU game with the (still scarce) HD equipment? Just for the "live look ins" and highlights?

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 07:02 PM

Why would ESPN produce an ESPNU game with the (still scarce) HD equipment? Just for the "live look ins" and highlights?


Archiving? Highlights, potential "instant classic" status, etc...

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 07:21 PM

Why would ESPN produce an ESPNU game with the (still scarce) HD equipment? Just for the "live look ins" and highlights?


ESPN backhauls almost everything in HD, it is harder for them to produce in true SD. Almost all the feeds to Bristol are in HD, just depends on if there are enough outbound paths for the HD feeds.
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Posted 22 November 2007 - 07:17 AM

Then why was all of the college basketball last weekend in SD, and why does ABC have only 3 of its 6 or 7 college games per weekend in HD?

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 10:47 AM

ESPN backhauls almost everything in HD, it is harder for them to produce in true SD. Almost all the feeds to Bristol are in HD, just depends on if there are enough outbound paths for the HD feeds.


DirecTV should try and get those backhauls put up ... its surely not really much different than the -1 RSN channels? I couldn't believe that the ESPNU game was in HD and every time they had the live look in I was flipping over for that glorious 2 minutes of HD :lol:

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 12:54 PM

Then why was all of the college basketball last weekend in SD, and why does ABC have only 3 of its 6 or 7 college games per weekend in HD?


The Maui games are in SD because there is no HD equipment available to them out in Hawaii. Most events aren't in HD on the islands IIRC.

DirecTV should try and get those backhauls put up ... its surely not really much different than the -1 RSN channels? I couldn't believe that the ESPNU game was in HD and every time they had the live look in I was flipping over for that glorious 2 minutes of HD :lol:


It's very different. The -1 RSN's are just channels setup by Directv for when FSN is showing an HD feed of a game. That feed is available because FSN produces an HD version of that channel. Disney does not produce an HD version of ESPNU. Therefore, there can be no -1 channel.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 01:46 PM

Disney does not produce an HD version of ESPNU. Therefore, there can be no -1 channel.


The live-lookins on ESPN2 are showing an HD version of ESPNU.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 05:27 PM

The live-lookins on ESPN2 are showing an HD version of ESPNU.


They are showing an HD feed of a game. This was explained above in the backhauling. But there is no separate network available for showing this feed. They have ESPNHD and ESPN2HD. If they had a 3rd channel, they'd show that game in HD, but as for now, they only have two outputs.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 09:25 PM

The Maui games are in SD because there is no HD equipment available to them out in Hawaii. Most events aren't in HD on the islands IIRC.



It's very different. The -1 RSN's are just channels setup by Directv for when FSN is showing an HD feed of a game. That feed is available because FSN produces an HD version of that channel. Disney does not produce an HD version of ESPNU. Therefore, there can be no -1 channel.


as football winds down (especially after the bowl games), more equipment will become available to handle more games in HD. Right now we have NHL, NBA, NFL and NCAA football games going on (and even MLB back in October) all over the place. As they invest in more HD equipment, we'll have more HD options. I think the quantity of HD sports programming available today has got to be almost double versus last year at this same time....

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 10:21 PM

Why would ESPN produce an ESPNU game with the (still scarce) HD equipment?

HD equipment isn't scare at all.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 10:26 PM

HD equipment isn't scare at all.


Really. ABC, all season, has had four to six regionalized college games. Never more than two in HD. Why? CBS has, if all the teams are playing, at least one, and sometime two NFL games in SD only. Why? Fox, the leader in HD, has even had to produce a few NFL games in SD only. Why? Leaving Hawaii out of it, and I understand that Hawaii is a different situation, we are still at least a year from being able to expect everything on a major network (the broadcast network, the ESPNs, TNT, TBS, and USA, at least) to be in HD.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 10:35 PM

I can answer all of your "whys" in one fell swoop: network capacity. The networks simply do not yet have the capacity to run as many simultaneous HD feeds as they sometimes need to. All of the SD games that you mentioned were probably produced with an HD truck.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 09:31 AM

The live-lookins on ESPN2 are showing an HD version of ESPNU.


Are you saying that the ESPNU studio, graphics, etc are all HD when they go to the look in (as if the whole setup is been produced in HD just not distributed) or just the feed from the game is HD? Those are two different things; the former being very interesting if that is happening, the latter not so much.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:05 PM

Are you saying that the ESPNU studio, graphics, etc are all HD when they go to the look in (as if the whole setup is been produced in HD just not distributed) or just the feed from the game is HD? Those are two different things; the former being very interesting if that is happening, the latter not so much.


It's the latter. I think he's under the impression that DirecTV is just not offering ESPNU, when in fact it's Disney not providing the content.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:41 PM

BTW, turn on ESPN2 right now and you will see a SD game from NYC, a location that has microwave line of sight with the "Worldwide Leader's" HQ in Conn, and thus does not need a backhaul uplink. It not a shortage of uplinks, its a shortage of production equipment.

BTW, Disney plans to introduce ESPNews HD soon, and ESPNU HD by September.

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 07:43 PM

BTW, Disney plans to introduce ESPNews HD soon, and ESPNU HD by September.


Do you have a source for ESPNU HD?
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