Posted 30 September 2012 - 01:22 PM
I just signed up last week for Time Warner Cable (to get TWC SportsNet Lakers Coverage) to go along with D* services. Today, I had an opportunity to check out NFL's version of the Redzone Channel.
Since we have multiple screens, I put the two Redzones side-by-side, as well as Game Mix and the OTA feeds of the CBS and Fox games.
For the first few minutes it seemed that both versions were were pretty much a duplicate of one another (i.e. the announcer would lead into the CBS/Fox coverage of a particular game by giving a brief description of the situation or the plays leading up to the "live" coverage that was about to be shown. Sometimes he may even give his own commentary on a play that we are seeing on the screen)
However, about ten minutes in, I noticed that NFL Redzone is actually delayed compared to ST. At first, I just figured that the delay (usually about 8 - 12 seconds worth depending on the game) was just simply a result of the lag between Time Warner Cable receiving the signal from NFL Network and re-broadcasting it to its subscribers combined with NFL Network's own delay in receiving and relaying the various CBS and Fox feeds. After a while, though, it seems that the delay is much longer that it should be.
Of course, both Redzone versions would show highlights and updates on plays that already happened (the respective announcer would make that clear). But, there were several instances when NFL Redzone would show what they would say as "Live" when it actually happened at least 30 seconds earlier. The longest delay in their "Live" coverage was about a minute and a half.
Now, I understand that if one were only watching the NFL Redzone Channel (with no other games on in the same room) the delay means absolutely nothing. However, it does go to show that the folks over at the Sunday Ticket Redzone Studio are putting in a far greater effort in their production to be able to switch from game to game as it happens. (ST Redzone, Game Mix, and the ST Channels are all in sync with one another and are only about a second off from the corresponding local OTA feeds)
It seems to me that NFL Redzone is picking and choosing what to put on (after it has happened) their broadcast. Even with the two games side by side, it's as if they have a feed of ST's Redzone in their studio and are just "mimicking" what D* is showing 10 seconds later after the fact.
Just my observation.
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