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HD Discusson: CNBC HD (Channel 355)


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#26 OFFLINE   syphix

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:12 AM

It's my understanding that CNBC doesn't intend on buying HD equipment to broadcast their video in HD.

They most likely will when equipment fails or the price becomes cost effective (why replace old, broken equipment with old, unbroken equipment?). But they really surprised me with their layout! :up: When I read the press saying that they weren't gonna be true "HD", I wrote them off...but I'm impressed with what they've done...and the squeezed video (surrounded by financial info tickers, etc.) doesn't look half bad.
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#27 OFFLINE   Marvin

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:13 AM

I wonder if when CNBC becomes the overflow channel for various NBC Sporting Events (namely the Olympics) if the HD channel will have HD events or not?

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:23 AM

I agree. Watching it about 8 feet away on 42" plasma, it looked a little too small.


Same here. The new ticker is about half the screen height of the old one. The last time CNBC changed their ticker size/font, I ended up buying a bigger TV!:grin:

They should increase the ticker height by at least half. I mean, it's the smallest text on the screen, including the new HD graphics on the side. If those are in an "appropriate for HD screens" size font, why isn't the ticker?

They've got a lot of guard band at the top and bottom of the screen (I doubt they'll fill any more of it), but they could fill some of the space in the top/bottom video area, where the ticker would be in SD anyway.

I'll probably write them a letter - I love the new format, but if I can't read the ticker from across the room like I can now, I may stick with the SD version, at least during the day...

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:28 AM

It may be that some of their hosts don't want to be shown in HD! :rolleyes: I can think of a couple!

I wonder how the Fox Business channel is going to handle it?

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:28 AM

I don't watch this channel often, but the graphics blew me away. Amazing!

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:34 AM

i like it :new_Eyecr


First time I've seen that smiley used. Perfect use for it! :lol:

I'm not a big watcher of CNBC but, absolutely brilliant use of the 16x9 format for a channel that specializes in info about financial markets. Well done! :biggthump

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:38 AM

Yes, it is alot, but is is a good use of the increased area of 16x9.

I say kudos to CNBC.


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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:43 AM

Yes like most people I like the look of the channel but the very small top and bottom tickers need to get bigger.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:49 AM

It's a good idea for stocks, but I'd hate to see ESPN, CNN, or Fox do this -- it's really distracting if you're trying to watch the video portion (less important here). It will be interesting to see what they do when the markets are closed.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:50 AM

Yes like most people I like the look of the channel but the very small top and bottom tickers need to get bigger.

Looks fine to me, sharp and crisp. Seems to expect a hi def HDTV.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:53 AM

Hey CNBC:

Not all of us have 50+" screens. The graphics do look amazing, but with 20/20 vision, I can't read anything from more than about 5 feet away on my 26" in the bedroom. Could we maybe go from 2pt font to 4?

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:07 AM

It may be that some of their hosts don't want to be shown in HD! :rolleyes: I can think of a couple!

I wonder how the Fox Business channel is going to handle it?

FBN will be true HD...

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:08 AM

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:13 AM

Any chance one of you can snap a picture?

Didn't get the chance to take a look before I left for work this morning.


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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:16 AM

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:19 AM

Hey CNBC:

Not all of us have 50+" screens. The graphics do look amazing, but with 20/20 vision, I can't read anything from more than about 5 feet away on my 26" in the bedroom. Could we maybe go from 2pt font to 4?

Can't be everything to everyone, and that setup is pretty far to the edge of "HD." Much further than 5 feet and SD and HD must look pretty much the same.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:29 AM

Hey CNBC:

Not all of us have 50+" screens. The graphics do look amazing, but with 20/20 vision, I can't read anything from more than about 5 feet away on my 26" in the bedroom. Could we maybe go from 2pt font to 4?

So those of us with the larger size screens could have the larger size fonts. I don't think so. It looks great on my 60 inch screen as is.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:40 AM

I completely agree with all the postiive comments. I was an instant convert as soon as I turned to CNBC HD+. And as of yesterday, I was still just passing up CNBC in favor of one of the others.

The screen image is nice, but it really doesn't do justice. The large image is often being divided into multiple screen images if a conversation is taking place in differecnt location. It also is used to display Breaking News and other info. This is a really EXCELLENT use of the HD screen space.

I also agree that the top and bottom banners should be slightly larger (but not double!). They're are just inconsistent with the info at the right and force you to refocus to read the banners. Bump up one pt and they've got it. (I'm able to read them just fine, though, from 12 feet with a 50 inch screen.)
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:46 AM

Cramer in HD -- Can't imagine...


That's not good for anyone, but a lot of Erin Burnett in HD wouldn't hurt...

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:49 AM

FBN will be true HD...

What's their start up date

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:56 AM

I cant check cus I am now at work
but I was getting the searching for sat 771 msg on the CNBCHD ch

I got all the other HD chs that started today and in the last few weeks


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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:57 AM

What's their start up date

Next Monday is their start date, but don't look for it to be added to DirecTV until Wednesday (they usually don't add channels out of the Wednesday timeframe).
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:58 AM

Next Monday is their start date, but don't look for it to be added to DirecTV until Wednesday (they usually don't add channels out of the Wednesday timeframe).

Thanks.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:06 AM

Can't be everything to everyone, and that setup is pretty far to the edge of "HD." Much further than 5 feet and SD and HD must look pretty much the same.


On my 47" Vizeo, seated on my sofa (where I normally sit to watch), it's completely readable. Looks great! :)

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:27 AM

I see 3 reasons to like CNBC going HD:

1. Their financial news uses a lot of charts and all should be more readable in HD. I agree the top bottom ticker and stats are small, but they are readable on my 60 inch Sony from 10 feet away. However, since the ticker and stats are constantly changing it takes the eye a moment to find an item of interest. Making these moving stats slightly larger would make for quicker recognition of the one of interest and thus readability.

2. The main NBC Nightly News is now in HD and NBC is gradually increasing their news coverage originally done in HD. CNBC carries a lot of these same NBC news clips which I hope will be HD too. This should allow CNBC-HD to provide competition for CNN-HD and FOX-HD for daytime news. NBC has a good incentive to keep their CNBC-HD audience from switching news channels and providing non-financial headline news in HD is a way do it.

3. Next year the 2008 Bejing Olympic games will fill CNBC-HD with many of the individual events nights and weekends often live in the middle of the night and now in HD too. Often this CNBC coverage is more complete than the main NBC coverage which tends to be highly edited for just the highlights of American successes. The CNBC coverage allows those who want to see more complete individual event coverage to record it in HD .

I expect a transition and a lot of up-converted stuff to start with, but it should get better and better from here!:D
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