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#41 OFFLINE   RandybinSC

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 09:56 PM

Yeah, that article is from November 2006. Things have changed somewhat. As it stands now there will be no 2008 USGP ...... not from Indy anyway. And I kind of remember the 2007 races that were not broadcast by SPEED were on CBS. ...... with exceptionally lousy commentating.


Three year contract that runs through the 2009 season. Since the contract probably did not depend on there being a USGP then it will probably keep running until the contract is supposed to end.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 05:15 AM

I'm really hoping the ALMS is in HD next year. The announcement of a new TV deal with Speed still leaves it open for 2008. Unfortunately, the other races are on CBS/NBC and they do an even worse job with ALMS than CBS did with F1 in the 2005/06 seasons.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 07:38 AM

Disappointing to see Pinks in letterbox with pillars too. Shrink-o-vision? At least both of my TVs can zoom with HD material and it will still look better than the SD channel. Maybe in a week or so they will surprise us like SciFi did.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 08:01 AM

No returned calls from SPEED HQ in Charlotte. I switched my F1 recordings this weekend to the HD channel. Come noon Friday we'll see what they've got. :)

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 10:13 AM

Disappointing to see Pinks in letterbox with pillars too. Shrink-o-vision? At least both of my TVs can zoom with HD material and it will still look better than the SD channel. Maybe in a week or so they will surprise us like SciFi did.


No what is disappointing is to see Pinks in the first place. HAHAHA. I was hopping we would get a new channel that would leave out all the BS content they cram down our throats. Like NASCAR this NASCAR that, Pinks this Pinks that, Pimp my ride knock off and crap like that.

It drives me nuts.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:44 PM

No what is disappointing is to see Pinks in the first place. HAHAHA. I was hopping we would get a new channel that would leave out all the BS content they cram down our throats. Like NASCAR this NASCAR that, Pinks this Pinks that, Pimp my ride knock off and crap like that.

It drives me nuts.

You just read my mind. Give me some good pure road racing.

Speed really is 90% steaming piles of crap. I wish we could get a channel that brings us more real racing content, and European programming: WRC, FIA-GT, DTM, WTCC, BTCC, etc and not this 1 hour summary crap Speed puts on to fill in between NASCRAP seasons. And Speed keeps cutting back on coverage of enduros – they cut into the Petit Le mans to show NASCAR qualifying and truck racing.

It's only a matter of time before they preempt an F1 race to show ARCA practice.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 04:26 PM

HD Net has had a lock on HD NASCAR replays in the past. I'd doubt that is going to change this season.


Somebody better tell ESPN, then, because I've watched my fair share of replays in HD on ESPN and ESPN2.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 05:12 PM

The 2006 races were on CBS a couple of times. Fox did the 2007 races.


Where does the time go when you're having fun?

Bob, David, Steve, and Peter have been the only team to do races on US television this year.


None better at it either..... although I am waiting for someone on the grid to bitch slap Peter for interrupting.

Three year contract that runs through the 2009 season. Since the contract probably did not depend on there being a USGP then it will probably keep running until the contract is supposed to end.


Outstanding.

To bad a return to Watkins Glen for the USGP is an unrealistic dream. The drive to Montreal is getting old. ALMS at Lime Rock is good but no comparison.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 05:19 PM

I watched Speed channel years ago for the rally racing (WRC), that's the only type of racing I'm interested in. Anyone know if they still show it at all? Any in HD?

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 08:22 PM

Where does the time go when you're having fun?



None better at it either..... although I am waiting for someone on the grid to bitch slap Peter for interrupting.



Outstanding.

To bad a return to Watkins Glen for the USGP is an unrealistic dream. The drive to Montreal is getting old. ALMS at Lime Rock is good but no comparison.


Watkins Glen would be fantastic. But as you say, it won't happen.

I personally think Penske's newly updated Belle Isle course in Detroit is the most likely candidate. I'd actually go so far as to say it'll be there or nothing next year.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 08:44 PM

I watched Speed channel years ago for the rally racing (WRC), that's the only type of racing I'm interested in. Anyone know if they still show it at all? Any in HD?


Lot's of rumors (they will/they won't) but nothing definitive.

But 99.99% sure if they do, it won't be in HD. I think it's shot in PAL format now.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 08:54 PM

Personally I am hoping for Laguna Seca, nice track layout the corkscrew would offer them something a little different.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 09:45 PM

Personally I am hoping for Laguna Seca, nice track layout the corkscrew would offer them something a little different.


Laguna Seca is kinda too small for F1 cars nowadays. There'd be zero passing (even less than usual).

Getting people in and out is pretty difficult (not enough hotels or airports nearby, etc), but then again, they do manage the MotoGP race, and it gets a lot of fans.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:53 AM

Since they aren't going to be in HD until Feb. '08 hard to say this is a HD Channel (IMO) especially since there is so many other HD Channels still out there.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:26 AM

Since they aren't going to be in HD until Feb. '08 hard to say this is a HD Channel (IMO) especially since there is so many other HD Channels still out there.


They may do an official launch in Feb 08, but they have a lot of content that is produced in HD or can easily be upconverted to a 720p signal.

This weekend will tell with the F1 race and Truck series in Martinsville. Maybe you'll get NASCAR Race day in HD or some of the other shows that are shot onsite.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:32 AM

SPEED will make its move to High Definition in 2008, beginning Feb. 7 with 100 hours of NASCAR on SPEED HD from Daytona Speedweeks.

“With the Gatorade Duel 150’s on SPEED, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, NASCAR RaceDay and all of the other programming SPEED will deliver surrounding the 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500, this is one of our most visible times of the year for the network and the perfect time to launch our move to HD,” said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. “SPEED already offers some of the most action-filled programming on television and the move to HD in 2008 enhances all of it exponentially.”

Topping the 70-million U.S. household mark and coming off four consecutive years of ratings growth in 2007, the move to High Definition is the next step in the evolution of a network that has added more than 30 million homes since being fully acquired by Fox Cable Networks in 2001.

“SPEED is now one of the most important and popular of all the national cable sports networks, so it’s somewhat inevitable that we provide our many partners and their customers with this HD companion,” said Michael Biard, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Fox Cable Networks.

In addition to its season-long, at-track coverage of NASCAR, with programs including NASCAR RaceDay, Trackside, NASCAR Victory Lane, Tradin’ Paint, NASCAR Live!, NASCAR Performance and Go or Go Home, SPEED also will explore opportunities to bring other racing series and special events to viewers in HD in 2008.

“Over the course of the 2008 season, SPEED will be transitioning all of its event programming to HD,” said Rick Miner, SPEED Senior VP of Production and Network Operations, who is shepherding the project. “We already are in discussions to design and commission the development of remote HD production facilities that will be in full use in 2008.”

In addition to its HD programming surrounding the 50th Anniversary of The Great American Race from Daytona, SPEED also will be ready to launch new seasons of its popular automotive and motorcycle lifestyle programming in HD, including PINKS, PINKS All Out and Super Bikes!

In a move that began earlier this summer, SPEED programming is now commissioned in true 16:9 HD.

In addition to the bold moves on the television side, SPEED’s interactive division will raise the bar as well, with a re-launch of a completely re-tooled SPEEDtv.com slated for early February. The new site will feature dramatic across the board improvements in depth and timeliness of motor sports news and information, delivered through a new wide-screen format that is optimized for easy navigation, interactivity with mobile and other applications, social networking and customization. Registered SPEED Insiders (www.speedtv.com/insider) will get a sneak peek at the new SPEEDtv.com in early in January.

SPEED is the nation's first and foremost cable television network dedicated to motor sports and the passion for everything automotive. From racing to restoration, motorcycles to movies, SPEED delivers quality programming from the track to the garage. Now available in more than 77 million homes in North America, SPEED is among the fastest-growing sports cable networks in the country, the home to NASCAR on SPEED and an industry leader in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 08:11 AM

I was pretty sure I'd heard that the FIA produces F1 races in HD for the F1 Films unit. Let me hunt :)


This is what I read too. Sure would have been nice if they could give F1 fans a teaser by showing the Brazil GP in HD to end the season.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 08:24 AM

Since they aren't going to be in HD until Feb. '08 hard to say this is a HD Channel (IMO) especially since there is so many other HD Channels still out there.


You've never heard of a "soft launch"? They're up now, but not full steam.

Many retail outlets do this sort of thing, quietly opening the doors in advance of the big, loud GRAND OPENING to give everyone a chance to shake out the bugs in real world conditions before the big rush.

If they held back until February, launched with all the noise and glitz, and then fell flat on their face from a bug that wasn't caught because they weren't live yet, it would be a colossal embarrassment for all involved.

Consider this an "installation lap" or a "shakedown cruise" to make sure everything's in working order.

If it gets me Brazil in widescreen this weekend, I'll be happy. :)

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:38 AM

I know I've seen racing highlights in HD on ESPNHD that had the Speed logo in the corner of the screen. I think there is a good chance that the truck qualifying and race from Martinsville will be in HD on Speed. They probably will use ESPN's cameras that are there to cover the Cup race.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 01:23 PM

I am sure SPEED would love to, but since the worldwide feed from FOM is shot in something less than HD (580p or something like that) 16X9, I think SPEED's hands are tied by the feed they are given.

I am a bettin man that we at least get the 16X9 version though.

This is what I read too. Sure would have been nice if they could give F1 fans a teaser by showing the Brazil GP in HD to end the season.






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