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NBC's Zucker: "Who Needs HDTV?"

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Nick, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. TNGTony

    TNGTony Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002

    It's as if I never typed anything.

    See ya
  2. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    "There are none so blind that will not see." :nono:
  3. Hound

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    Mar 20, 2005
    Yesterday morning I played golf with three other guys. Yesterday afternoon, I came home had some time to myself in the afternoon tuned in to the Tour
    championship on ABC for about sixty seconds and then for two hours I watched
    from my Sony HDD 500 OTA recordings of this past week's CSI, Prison Break and ER in high definition.

    I am a very avid golfer. In prior years, I would have been glued to the Tour
    championship with or without Tiger and Phil. But since ABC did not have it in high
    definition, I was catching up on other network shows in high definition.

    A fact of HDTV life is that after a subscriber has had HD for 33 months, the subscriber probably is not going to watch new SD network programming whether
    it is CBS evening news, Sixty minutes, NFL pre season football, reality shows
    or golf tournaments. And I am not the exception. None of my golf partners tuned
    in to the Tour championship yesterday either, because it was not in high definition.
    We are the audience that ABC is looking for. But we are no longer there.

    So when Mr. Zucker and his compadres at NBC are deciding on new prime time
    network programming, if the programming is SD only, they are starting off with a
    reduced potential audience. That is a fact. Not HD snobbery or extrapolation of
    the number of HD owners who do not have their sets working correctly.
  4. TNGTony

    TNGTony Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    presses rewind button...



    No hound... you are missing MY point. YOU ARE AN EXCEPTION. Statistically, you DO NOT COUNT! This is not my feeling, this is the networks' view. That view will change with time, but that is that! Once you get that point whether you agree or not, life will be much easier!

    I am done with the thread

    See ya
  5. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Absolutely... I agree with Hound AND Tony.

    I share Hound's viewing habits in regards to HD vs SD for most things... BUT I also am with Tony in recognizing that I am in the small minority of HD homes making such a decision.

    As such... if all the HD owners turned off TVs and stopped watching... the networks would still make lots of money without us.

    In a few years when there are more of us... it will be a different ballgame.

    To use the sports analogy...

    We are like the undefeated Boise St. football team. We are good and people like us... but we will NOT be in the championship game even if we are the last undefeated team in the country!
  6. Hound

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    Mar 20, 2005

    My point: A phenomenon of HD is that I am no longer becoming
    a statistical nothing, there are more and more people like me, and for
    certain SD network broadcasts, such as the Tour championship on ABC.
    Part of the core audience has disappeared. Now you say that statistically
    people like me are immaterial. I am saying that the number of people like
    me are growing and growing rapidly and can no longer be ignored by the
    networks. By next October when new programming is debuting, the number of
    people like me is going to increase very rapidly.
  7. Hound

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    Mar 20, 2005
    This is from an article in the Pittsburg Tribune that was posted by Darkman.

    "I have neighbors who won't watch anything that isn't HD, although that seems a bit extreme."

    Tony and I disagree on this, but my personal experience is that this is becoming more common. More and more every day. And the networks have to take this into
    consideration in planning new programming.

    Here is the link from Darkman's Post:

    ( The entire article is at the following source: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_477758.html )
  8. MikeR7

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    Jun 17, 2006
    Tony - A person does not like to be told they do not count, statistically or otherwise. It can be true in reality, but to be told, bluntly, well, no one likes that. So I am not surprised at the reaction. My emotions are with Hound, but my praticality tells me you are probably right.

    Good luck getting your new HDTV. I had been watching HD on my 21" Gateway monitor, but bought and received a Olevia 937H. I would recommend the Olevia brand to anyone after watching it for 3 days. One specific online marketer has it for a terrific price under $900 right now and it is the highest selling set on their list right now.

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