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HD Owners: Get Mad About 'Junk TV'

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Nick, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Swanni rants that broadcast networks are
    showing no respect for high-def viewers.

    You're the owner of a High-Definition TV, which probably cost you anywhere from
    $1,000 to $4,000, or more. You likely also spent hundreds of dollars more on
    Surround Sound systems and high-def programming packages from your cable
    or satellite operator.

    So what are you getting for your investment? On Wednesday night, very little from
    the five broadcast networks.

    Out of the 13 hours of programming last night from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the
    CW, only four hours were in high-def. To make matters worse, three of the hours
    came from one network (CBS) with one hour from ABC. NBC offered nothing in
    high-def as did Fox and the CW.

    Unfortunately, during the summertime, this is not uncommon...

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  2. Mikey

    Mikey Hall Of Fame

    Oct 26, 2004
    Thank God for ESPN-HD Wednesday Night Baseball. :)
  3. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    Boring! :p
  4. LI-SVT

    LI-SVT Icon

    May 18, 2006
    There does seem to be this idea that if it is in high-def people will just watch. I don't agree. I watch what I like and don't watch most of the D* HD programming simply because it does not appeal to me.
  5. purtman

    purtman Hall Of Fame

    Sep 19, 2006
    And that's coming from NASCAR Country? :lol: :lol: :lol:

    That's one of the best lines I've heard. Have to go. Have to watch somebody drive around in an oval for a couple of hours. :lol:
  6. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    I've heard that a change in NASCAR rules effective next
    year will require each car to have a navigator on board...

    "Turn left........turn left........turn left.........turn left......."
  7. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    I'm pretty happy with the HD content I get. All the primetime network shows I watch are in HD (except for The Simpson's and Family Guy, new King of the Hill episodes are in 4:3 HD). With 20 HD channels and a love of sports, movies and primetime network programming, I don't have many complaints. My main issue is with MSG, I want Sabres games in HD. It’s funny, during the Rangers playoff series our arena in Buffalo had HD net cams but only the Rangers MSG feed is in HD, not Buffalo’s MSG feed. I would also like to see more Center Ice and Extra Innings games in HD, although InDemand is doing an awesome with Extra Innings, more is always better.
  8. davring

    davring Hall Of Fame

    Jan 13, 2007
    I wonder at what point will the networks start taping their primetime HD shows without the cameras framed for a 4x3 TV? I am aware that they must use the same cameras for both broadcasts (SD & HD) but it would be nice one day to see a show where all of the activity is not only in the center of a wide screen. I probably have not expressed this correctly, but I know you could block off several inches on either side of your TV and not miss any of the action on the screen. I would imagine the number of homes with HD would have to surpass 50%, but by how far? Just curious.
  9. chopperjc

    chopperjc Godfather

    Oct 2, 2006
    Obviously the technology is still growing. Some networks have been a lot more aggressive in the market. I have become a "snob" I will watch sd stuff but I am bitching the entire time. The networks need to invest and upgrade or get passed by cable/sat some more.
  10. mapod

    mapod AllStar

    Feb 9, 2007
    Most of the programming in the summer is a lower level of crap than the fall....go out and ride a bike...get some sun if things have not changed by late September (NFL starts thank god!) then rant on my brother!
  11. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Am I misunderstanding your post or do you really feel that HD penetration has reached 50% in the US? I'm pretty confident its not even close to that yet.
  12. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Why's ESPN only doing one Wed night game now? They used to do a 7pm and a 10pm game.
  13. HIPAR

    HIPAR Icon

    May 15, 2005
    The vast majority of TV is 'Junk' be it HD or not.

    --- CHAS
  14. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    Actually, there's a LOT of excitement in motorsports, be it NASCAR, IROC, or IRL. Racing drivers have to be in better physical condition than baseball players, have quicker reflexes and better "staying power".
    The romance of MLB is long gone. Barry Bonds will never replace Willie Mays as an icon of the sport. In earlier years, it was entertaining to watch Luke Appling foul off pitches until he found one he liked. People still tout MLB as "America's favorite Pastime", while pro football consistently draws larger audiences.
  15. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Watching cars go 'round and 'round in a circle whilst wasting huge (not hugh)
    quantities of fuel isn't my idea of sport. If I wanted to see that, I wouldn't have
    moved away from Atlanta and its 63 mile circular racetrack known as I-285.

    As far as drivers being in better physical condition, i.e.,"athletes", that hilarious
    comment made me spew copious amounts of coffee all over my LCD screen.
    The ony muscles race car drivers need are in their gluteous maximus, where,
    as far as I'm concerned, their diminutive brains also reside. The only people
    dumber than race car drivers are the hordes of mindless fans that swarm to
    the "sport" like lemmings over a cliff.

    Also, I've heard that some race drivers wear 'astronaut' diapers? Is that true?

    On the totem pole of intelligent sports, car racing, which adds to the price of
    an advertiser's products on the shelf, thus increasing the average consumer's
    cost of living, ranks near the bottom of the sports totem pole, just barely above
    "professional" wrasslin' and that wholesome newcomer to the wide, wunnerful
    world of perfessional sports, speed (gag) eatin' (ugh)!
  16. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I'm not a racing fan. I've never watched more than a few minutes of a race.

    But in many months of reading this forum, I don't think I have ever seen anyone denigrate another member's interest in such a vitriolic manner.
  17. HouseBowlrz

    HouseBowlrz Godfather

    Jul 15, 2007
    Centreville, VA
    While I don't know the reasons, I'm sure it came about over the years when television contracts were re-negotiated and such. I, too, remember the Wednesday night doubleheaders, especially Chris Berman on PxP from the "Hotel California".

    BTW, ESPN2 does have a doubleheader for tonight ... the second game was not in my program guide this morning but it's been mentioned. Game 1 is a dandy with Boston at Cleveland; battle of division leaders. Game 2 is Atlanta at San Francisco.

  18. pete4192

    pete4192 Godfather

    May 22, 2007
    That's great.
    I want a t-shirt that says "Race Drivers Wear 'Astronaut' Diapers". Of course, it would have to be a wife-beater sleeveless shirt...to go along with my cutoff jean shorts.
  19. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Thank you. Paulman. I value your comments and take them as a compliment to
    my dubious writing skills. Please don't think for a moment that I was denigrating
    Cholly personally, even though he, himself, cast somewhat oblique aspersions to-
    ward my own favorite sport, being baseball. On the contrary, I hold Cholly in the
    highest regard and his contributions to the board are legendary, as is he. Although
    he describes himself as "The other old guy", as far as I'm concerned, he is 'da man',
    truly a man among men and, as such, has my highest and utmost respect.

    As a summa cum laude graduate of the Attila The Hun School of Debate, I have
    been told by some that I can go a tad overboard in my debate tactics, but only to
    devastate and demolish my worthy debate opponents, in the grand old tradition of
    "Shock & Awe".

    I do hope no one takes my remarks personally, especially my good friend Charlie. :p
  20. purtman

    purtman Hall Of Fame

    Sep 19, 2006
    You know how it is, Nick. When I hurt my rotator cuff, the doctor told me he wanted me to get in shape. First he had me parallel park. The next step was to drive down the street. After a couple of weeks, it was around the block. I figure once I'm able to drive around an oval, I should be considered a good athlete.

    I'm with you on this. Driving cars does not make one an athlete.

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