DIRECTV to Launch Tennis Channel HD on 12/31/2007

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Earl Bonovich, Dec 18, 2007.

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  1. Drew2k

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    Great news! Just in time for the Australian Open (the only Slam I don't watch) so they can iron out all the kinks and be ready for the French. :)
     
  2. smiddy

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    Nice picture, she's cute.
     
  3. jdeitchler

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    Pretty sure ESPN2 has exclusive rights to the Australian Open in January of 2008.
     
  4. QuickDrop

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    If the tournaments are shot in SD widescreen, as I believe many of the non American tournaments are, upconverted widescreen on an HD channel is preferable to the regular SD. The problem is that American broadcasters get their feeds for international tournaments from broadcasts in their host countries, which usually has a greater install base of SD 16X9 televisions than ever occurred in the U.S. (though their are cases, such as Wimbledon, where the BBC did have HD for certain courts and for whatever technical or cost reason U.S. broadcasters couldn't or wouldn't carry it.)

    On another note, I could be wrong, but I believe the Tennis Channel will share coverage with ESPN2 for the Australian Open starting in 2008.

    (It seems I was right: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/30/AR2007013001037.html)
     
  5. AllGoNoShow

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    I NEED to see the Cubbies in HD.....please DirecTV set this up!
     
  6. Earl Bonovich

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    Just so you know...
    They look just as bad in HD as they do in SD... :D
     
  7. tonyd79

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    They wear White Sox unis in HD?

    :hurah:
     
  8. SPACEMAKER

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    I don't watch much tennis but I will start watching more if it's in HD.
     
  9. Rich

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    Oh, goody. More wasted space.

    Now, PBS in HD merits a blessing from Fred.

    Rich
     
  10. Rich

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    I have plenty of HD channels. I'd rather see them all in 1080i rather than some in 780 (or is it 720, always confuses me). Doesn't lack of bandwidth have something to do with this? The TENNIS channel? My God. I'd rather watch raquetball.

    Altho, now that I think about it, the obsure movie channels such as Fox and TCM would be nice to have.

    Rich
     
  11. sorahl

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    Yeah silly me for thinking that The Tennis Channel would have all the tournements, atleast the 4 major ones. What is the point of the tennis channel if they can't provide this??
    it's the same with the Olympics. I'm fed up of the 'network filter' view we get. I would pay good money for say 10 channels, showing every event live, and then repeat them when there is nothing live and all in HD. This way it doesn't matter if it is in Japan or Calgary we get to see all the events we want, not some of the events and then only the 4 skiers who kiss up to the press so they get featured.

    Sorahl
     
  12. bonscott87

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    I'm confused? :confused:

    HD channels are 720p or 1080i. Both are full HD and it depends on the station what *they* broadcast. DirecTV passes it on as it is. Certainly nothing to do with bandwidth.

    I agree TCM would be nice in HD, but does it actually *exist* which is what I was asking. I can't think of any HD channels that actually broadcast that DirecTV doesn't carry out of a couple. Channels like ESPN News, Disney and such don't exist yet, thus why DirecTV isn't carrying it.

    I never understand why people complain when channels are added. Especially when there aren't any other channels to add. ;)
     
  13. Rich

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    That's exactly why I asked the question, I'm confused. So it has nothing to do with bandwidth. OK, why doesn't everyone broadcast in 1080i? More expensive? I really see a difference between the two resolutions. They are resolutions, right?

    That I knew.

    OK, I misread you. I have no idea what else is in HD that we don't have, but if somebody can finance a tennis channel, couldn't TMC and Fox find financing to go HD easier than a tennis (oh, my God!) channel? Was the tennis channel in HD on cable or Dish?

    I don't care either. Just saw the thread and your post and thought I'd stick my nose in. I would really like to see every movie channel that broadcasts movies without commercials in HD. I can't think of anything else that's missing.

    Rich
     
  14. RAD

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    The feeling was that progressing can handle pictures with lots of movement better then interlace. So networks that tend to have a lot of sports programming like Disney (ESPN/ABC) and FOX choose 720p as their standard. There are rumors that Disney will move to 1080p for sourcing their programming but don't know who would carry it.
     
  15. Rich

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    OK, I understand that. But everything looks better in 1080i on my plasmas, sports certainly does. The difference in PQ in football games is obvious when 720is broadcast. And is apparent as soon as I start watching. Movies are better in 1080i, network shows are better in 1080i. I find 720 quite disappointing.

    Rich
     
  16. RAD

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    When you start talking about subject picture quality (such and such looks better on my set) you'll get a bunch of folks that say that looks horrible on theirs but this looks great. So with that said just sit back and enjoy what you can get.
     
  17. Rich

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    This isn't subjective. The change in PQ between 720 and 1080 is obvious. And disappointing. I don't really want to get deluged with posts about people who can't see the difference. I can, and if you're ever in Central NJ, shoot me a PM and come over to the house and I'll show you what I mean.

    Rich
     
  18. bonscott87

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    This is more what your TV can handle. It sounds like it obviously can't handle 720p natively. So you need to upconvert it to 1080i. My TV is 1080i only so I can let either my TV upconvert of the HR20 upconvert. Both look about the same so I let the HR20 do it as it's quicker (i.e. set to Native OFF and 1080i all the time). 720p looks just fine on my TV as does 1080i.

    I think you may need to look into your TV settings and figure out what it does with 720p and also look at your HR20 and set it to not send a native 720p picture to the TV. I'd suggest starting a new thread to discuss this so that this one doesn't get off track, plus there are a lot of display and resolution experts out there that can help with your specific brand of TV (which you should post in the new thread).
     
  19. Rich

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    I will try your suggestions and if they don't work will start a thread.

    Thanx,
    Rich
     
  20. jimbo713

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    When is ESPN NEWS debuting in HD?
     
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