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British Open Golf not in HD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Unknown, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. n2deep2bn

    n2deep2bn Legend

    Feb 22, 2006
    Looks like it will be in HD on TNT
  2. Unknown

    Unknown Godfather

    Oct 16, 2007

    Huh where are you seeing this or hearing this. as it will not be in HD at all. not on TNT or ABC. link please.
  3. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
  4. weaver6

    weaver6 Icon

    Nov 2, 2005
  5. RD in Fla

    RD in Fla Icon

    Aug 26, 2007
    What a joke. The BBC and/or the Royal and Ancient can't pony up the cost of an HD broadcast but the French can shoot the entire Tour de France in HD at probably twice the cost, not to mention the level of difficulty. I know what sport I'll be watching in the a.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and it won't be on TNT or ABC.
  6. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    that is what you get from the bbc. I hear that in the UK BBC HD has the BBC HD preview 16 hours a day showing you what you could be watching.

    Will bbc news uk / bbc news 24 go HD like sky news will be soon?
  7. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    They should let the Golf Channel handle all major events like this. As Turner Broadcasting being one of the early pioneers in Satellite and Cable broadcasting, they sure have not kept up with the times. If I were an advertiser I would refuse to purchase ad time from them, as long as they broadcast 4x3 video in Stretch-O-Vision.

    As a die hard golf fan, I will not watch The British Open if it is broadcast min Stretch-O-Vision. It is HD or nothing, for me.
  8. hdfan1

    hdfan1 AllStar

    Oct 16, 2008
    Next year the British Open will finally be in HD.


  9. mcbeevee

    mcbeevee 97% Complete

    Sep 18, 2006
    I got the mass e-mail from Directv today about the British Open...

    See the Tradition in Spectacular, Crystal-Clear HD

  10. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    It is not as bad as some of us had anticipated. At least it is full screen 16x9 upconverted video and no Stretch-O-Vision. But I do look forward to full HD next year.
  11. putty469

    putty469 Legend

    Jun 5, 2007
    I might be flamed for saying it, but I watched for a few hours this morning on TNTHD (245) and thought it looked decent. You can tell it's not HD, but it looks a lot better than SD. Maybe there will be major fog and HD would not matter anyway!
  12. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    I thought that was weird too..
  13. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Looked HD to me, it was a very good picture here.
  14. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    On my screen it's very similar to 720p, perhaps between the Euro-standard and 720p, but nowhere near 1080i. I hate 720p and consider it MD (Medium Definition), not HD. And of course, those morons at ABC never show anything better than 720p Blur-O-Vision so we'd be screwed this weekend anyways!

    In 720p, the gallery turns to mush, the details all get soft, and you lose any sense of the reality of what you're looking at, it just looks like TV. I guess what you guys are saying is we're looking at upconverted Eurostandard which is a little better resolution-wise than US NTSC. To me, it reminds me of the slightly soft look of a BBC 16mm upconversion like we used to see on Masterpiece a lot.

    God save us from this blurry crap!
  15. deuce01

    deuce01 DBSTalk Club Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Any idea why they did this for just two days. I watched them Thursday and Friday and really enjoyed it. One would think that Saturday and Sunday would be a no brainer...WTF?

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI

    Do yourself a favor and educate yourself on the whole 1080i/720p thing.
  17. dcowboy7

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    No one wouldnt....especially since the press release said 2 days only in this thread:

  18. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    Spacebrain: Get a grip, pay attention and maybe you'll learn something. The image ABC is putting out this weekend is NOT HD. If you could afford glasses or a 1080p TV you might realize that.
  19. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    If somebody was not too critical, had a little 32" 720p set, and thought the image being put out was 720p, they could be forgiven. It is certainly better than NTSC US-standard blur-o-vision. What folks have said above appears to be true: it's an upconversion of PAL anamorphic: a stretched 768X576 which goes to 1024x576 (faked of course via stretching/interpolation/de-interlacing), then further up converted to 1366X768 for ABC's bad video sausage machine to output blurry fake 720p frames to us.

    Ugh. At least Watson is worth the price of admission!

    Fortunately the 720p "standard" (which is no standard at all, just a convenient electronics chip size for manufacturers to hold costs down) will be going away soon, and maybe ABC/ESPN will finally get on the true HD bandwagon and get off this MD garbage for good. RIP 720p.
  20. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    BTW, if anybody cared or noticed: the first segment of the Open this am was of course on TNTHD--but there was NO SOUND FOR THE ENTIRE 2 HOURS!!!! Way to go D*!

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