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#21 OFFLINE   Jeremy W

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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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#22 OFFLINE   Baldmaga

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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

#24 OFFLINE   Jeremy W

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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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#26 OFFLINE   Jeremy W

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 10:20 PM

Anyway to get a bigger shot than just the thumbnail?

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:13 AM

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?


There were ESPNU graphics on top of the HD game - like the transition graphic was the U logo going into the game. I did notice though that the graphics stayed inside the 4:3 center of the 16:9 game though.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:58 AM

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I'm a big fan of that, can't wait for the end of March :)
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 09:27 AM

I did notice though that the graphics stayed inside the 4:3 center of the 16:9 game though.

That makes sense, it just means that ESPNU's graphics haven't been redone in 16:9 HD, since the channel doesn't exist yet.

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:49 AM

As more games are being shown on ESPN-U, I do hope that we see at least an update to HD soon. I suspect that at some point we will.
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#31 OFFLINE   Bugs Bunny

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 12:02 PM

ESPNU goes HD on August 28, 2008

http://www.tvpredict.../espn120307.htm

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 02:12 PM

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!


ESPNU will be HD in August according to Multichannel News today.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 04:57 PM

ESPNU goes HD on August 28, 2008

http://www.tvpredict.../espn120307.htm


Yes Yes Yes! Thank you for the info. Now I can sleep tonight knowing that this is in fact going to happen:) SD sports is way to painful anymore. I love you ESPN

P.S. Now if we can just get the alts up in time for college football next year we will be set!




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