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#26 OFFLINE   Madison Hawk

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 07:16 PM

I suspect the problem is not with on-site equipment shortages. Both Fox and CBS contract with National Mobile Television for at least some games; I've seen their trucks at a number of games.

A big part of the problem is likely downstream. Might be a lack of satellite bandwidth, encoders, or broadcast facility equipment.

Even so, this is still very bad form. CBS leads prime-time in HD (or at least has), and wants to be a leader in sports. But without the HD component, they can't be the leader in sports. I've owned my first HDTV for 6 years now. Time for CBS to catch up. :)

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I am perplexed as to why CBS can't do more than 5 HD games a week. Heck, the Big Ten Network has committed to broadcasting 5 HD games a week and they have not even started broadcasting yet.

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#27 OFFLINE   Tom Robertson

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 07:35 PM

Perhaps Big Ten will be broadcasting directly from the truck on-site rather than trying to meet up with a broadcast center head end?

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 07:43 PM

Why doesn't DirecTV carry CBS HD ? What's the deal with that..Can't they come to an agreement ??

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 07:59 PM

CBS's problem has always been that they cannot, from the network head end, send out more then 3 HD streams at once. I believe it was always uplink satellite bandwidth and they didn't have enough. So now perhaps they have upped it to 4 or 5 at once.


Doesn't explain why they can't do 4 at 1 pm and 4 and 4pm (ET, of course). Sure, there is an overlap but you just have the HD feeds join in progress.

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 08:01 PM

D* carries CBS HD just not in all markets. Here in the Buffalo market WIVB CBS 4 is owned by LIN Broadcasting along with our CW affiliate WNLO 23. DirecTV cannot come to an agreement with LIN so no CBS in HD here on DirecTV.
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 08:32 PM

They probably are saying 5-6 per week because when Saturday games start then that will make it 6 for that week.
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Posted 18 August 2007 - 12:37 AM

IMHO:

This is 100% irresponsible of CBS.

FOX made the investiment what, 3 years ago now... to make sure they had enough equipment to cover EVERY game in HD.

Most of these stadiums are state of the art now, have been retrofitted to make it easy for the broadcasters to do what they need to do.

CBS is one of the largest media companies out there...... there is no excuse that they have not purchased the equipment necessary to cover all of the games in HD.... really no excuse at alll.

I truely hope in the next TV package deal NFL creates, that it is stipulated that it MUST be filmed/offered in HD.


Earl, at least your Bears are on in Week Two. They're playing the Chiefs, but CBS has that game in HD.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 12:41 AM

Doesn't explain why they can't do 4 at 1 pm and 4 and 4pm (ET, of course). Sure, there is an overlap but you just have the HD feeds join in progress.

CBS lacks in money and in imagination.


Getting the cameras on site, not having an issue with the number of simultaneous feeds.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 01:20 AM

getting cameras on-site is purely a rental issue as they rent services from National Mobile Television.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 03:53 AM

To play Devils Advocate here. Doesn't CBS have Golf Coverage on Sundays as well as Football? Perhaps they need to save room for the Golf HD??

Just a thought? I am not sure if that factors into this but it would make sense.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 09:42 AM

Getting the cameras on site, not having an issue with the number of simultaneous feeds.


And Fox gets them on site? No way is it an on-site issue. They rent cameras. And if not, just BUY MORE.
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Posted 18 August 2007 - 01:05 PM

Why doesn't DirecTV carry CBS HD ? What's the deal with that..Can't they come to an agreement ??


We got it down here

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 01:57 PM

http://cbs.sportslin...edules/page/nfl

They usually go about 2 weeks out once the regular season starts in saying which games will be in HD. At the end of week 1, we'll probably get HD games for Week 3 & 4 based on team records and interest.


Thanks, is there a link that shows which games Fox will carry in HD?

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 02:06 PM

No way is it an on-site issue. They rent cameras. And if not, just BUY MORE.


If it's not, then please tell us what the issue is if you know.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 03:08 PM

If it's not, then please tell us what the issue is if you know.


Last year they explained it as a distribution problem. Same problem they had with the NCAA tournament and the SD broadcasts in local markets.
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Posted 19 August 2007 - 03:25 PM

Buffalo Bills vs. Denver will not be in HD here since, you guessed it, CBS local is owned by LIN tv. :mad:

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 05:50 PM

The issue is that CBS was first to start doing HD football, and thus has an older, less-capable network than Fox who got a later start. That's why Fox was able to jump in and quickly do 6 games per week in HD, while CBS has been slowly ramping up. Even games that are broadcast in SD are usually produced by an HD-capable truck, with HD cameras. CBS just doesn't have the capacity at their master control center in NY to handle all of the games in HD.




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