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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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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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Posted 24 November 2007 - 03:15 AM

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.

It's not a shortage. In ESPN's case, they make financial decisions to broadcast certain events in SD. It's not that they couldn't get an HD truck, they didn't want an HD truck.

Besides, everything is backhauled via fiber these days. It's not satellite capacity, it's switching capacity that limits Fox, NBC, ABC, and CBS. They broadcast as much HD as they possibly can. ESPN and ESPN2 make the choice to broadcast some events in SD, just to save money. TNT broadcasts everything in HD.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 04:01 PM

TNT broadcasts everything in HD.


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Posted 24 November 2007 - 05:12 PM

If you go to this site you will see that currently only ESPN and ESPN2 have HD counterparts.

http://www.espnmedia...nfactsheet.html

I have found the press release for ESPNEWS HD:

ESPNEWS HD to Launch in March 2008
Breaking News Crawl and HD Sideline Graphics Added to Enhance Viewer Experience

ESPN will launch its third HD service on March 30, 2008, when ESPNEWS begins telecasting in high definition. The shift to HD will enable ESPNEWS to make the most of the 16 x 9 high-definition television viewing area, offering fans an enhanced viewing experience. ESPNEWS HD will also afford new graphic sponsorship placement opportunities for advertisers.

ESPN’s innovative new HD Sideline graphic, which will debut on ESPNEWS HD, will wrap around the top, left and bottom of the HD screen. The HD Sideline will offer the display of textual information, headshots, news, and scores, while still delivering a window to accommodate all video highlights in 16x9 HD. It will also offer additional content not available on ESPNEWS SD, which will also contain a redesigned bottom line graphic. Both the high-definition and standard-definition services will have increased capacity to display breaking news and news of the day.

According to Rick Paiva, ESPN's vice president, creative services, "Our HD viewers will have an unprecedented opportunity to view pristine 16x9 HD highlights accompanied by an abundance of real-time information from all areas of the sports world. This new graphic system will also benefit our SD viewers by providing more information without reducing the size of the current video display area."

ESPNEWS HD currently has carriage agreements with DIRECTV, Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

For ESPNEWS, which is available in 62 million homes, the recently completed third quarter delivered a series of records. It was the network’s most-watched quarter ever, an average of 69,000 households, beating the mark set in second quarter this year. This represents an increase of 34% from third quarter last year. In prime time, the increase was 44%, rising from 64,000 to 92,000. In September, ESPNEWS averaged more than 100,000 homes for a month in prime time for the first time – 110,000. Not only did each month deliver the biggest audience for that month for ESPNEWS, but August set the mark as the network’s best month ever, only to see the record broken in September, averaging 83,000 households.

Currently, ESPN HD reaches more than 14 million subscribers and is available to more than 91 million homes and ESPN2 HD reaches more than 9.4 million subscribers and is available to more than 72 million homes.

In 2007, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will deliver more than 9,000 hours in high definition including all of ESPN’s NASCAR coverage, NBA telecasts, MLS telecasts, MLB telecasts, college football telecasts, National Hot Rod Association races and coverage of NFL Monday Night Football. 100 percent of ESPN and ESPN2’s Bristol-based studio programming originates in high definition, including SportsCenter, NFL Countdown, NFL Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live, Monday Night Countdown, Baseball Tonight, Mike & Mike in the Morning and First Take. In addition to live sports programming, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD produce individual programs, movies and series.

Click here to access and download a screen grab of ESPNEWS HD:
http://www.espnmedia...D&cat=&bool=and

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 09:30 PM

:lol:

I'm just talking about sports.

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 10:06 PM

Click here to access and download a screen grab of ESPNEWS HD:
http://www.espnmedia...D&cat=&bool=and


Anyway to get a bigger shot than just the thumbnail? When you click on the image, it asks you to login with media id/pw.
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