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Tennis Anyone? French Open on DIRECTV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Tom Robertson, May 17, 2010.

  1. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    As expected, DIRECTV is ready for Tennis:

  2. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    As usual, Directv prides itself on being the leader in sports programming.
  3. karlhenri

    karlhenri Legend

    Sep 25, 2007
    I really think these tennis multiplex channel are a great value add. It's really too bad I can't take advantage of them more, what with work and all.

    I wonder what Directv has cooked up for the World Cup. THere aren't too many opportunities for simultaneous matches, but multiple camera and commentary tracks wouldn't be bad. That stuff already exists.
  4. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    yeah same here, just waiting to see if DTV has something in store for the world cup
  5. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    I cant wait for the French Open. I will be watching and thanks D*!
  6. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    What are the rights like for that?

    Maybe can have multiple cameras.
  7. Dolly

    Dolly Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    Yes and these interactive mix sports channels are really great IMHO :sunsmile: Way to go D* :hurah: :heart: :goodjob:
  8. davidjplatt

    davidjplatt Legend

    Sep 22, 2007
    Being a big time tennis fan (even love World Team Tennis - go Kastles, WTT champions), these extra value match coverage channels and the mix channel is just one more reason why I love DirecTV.

    It's also why I've been with them for so long (since 1996).
  9. scott72

    scott72 Icon

    Feb 17, 2008
    I love tennis and am very excited for the FO. Thanks D*!
  10. Mark Walters

    Mark Walters Legend

    Sep 21, 2009
    What's wrong with the PQ on the HD channels? It's awful... The mix channel looks fine but the HD channels look SD esque. Tennis Channel or the simulcast on channel 702 look fine. But for instance, Gulbis match on 704 is same as on Tennis Channel but the TC version is much sharper and clearer. Any ideas? I even brought back the SD feeds in my guide in case they mistakenly put the HDs under 704-1 etc... Never seen HD look this way during tennis coverage on the D* channels.
  11. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I see the same...it's like all SD widescreen, except 702.
  12. Araxen

    Araxen Icon

    Dec 18, 2005
    Yup, they are all SD except 702. Pretty disappointed.
  13. Mark Walters

    Mark Walters Legend

    Sep 21, 2009
    Maybe at 12p EDT when ESPN picks up the coverage the quality will be what it should be. I doubt it since I think they just change the logo, but the PQ has never been this weak in the past.
  14. Mark Walters

    Mark Walters Legend

    Sep 21, 2009
    D*.com says - Exclusive bonus coverage channels you won't see anywhere else. All in crytstal-clear HD. Every spectacular minute from French Open available in glorious HD. -- Yeah not so glorious!
  15. luckydob

    luckydob Godfather

    Oct 1, 2006
    very disappointing to say the least.
  16. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    These complaints come up every tournament. Except for maybe the second show court, I don't recall D*'s extra tennis coverage to be in anything other than SD widescreen. It's what I've come to expect. It's likely a problem with the "source." In most of the world, widescreen SD broadcasting preceded widescreen HD so some matches might only be film in SD. Also, I believe the ESPN is essentially acting as a middle man (most of the matches can also be found on ESPN3/360) and on the technical level they might not be able to transmit/process the HD source for all six matches simultaneously.
  17. Mark Walters

    Mark Walters Legend

    Sep 21, 2009
    QD - It's always been in crystal-clear HD. I've watched these tournaments from the beginning when D* offered the extra channels and all four have been in HD. NOT this HD but real HD. This is the first time the HD looks like SD. The French Open last year did not have this awful picture in HD. It was much better.
  18. Mark Walters

    Mark Walters Legend

    Sep 21, 2009
    In other words the HD PQ matched that of Tennis Channel and ESPN on all the 700 channels. It's never been like this.
  19. Mark Walters

    Mark Walters Legend

    Sep 21, 2009
    The Tsonga match is in a 5th set on 703. Instead of ESPN2 209/702 showing this match they are showing Venus Williams. Even though the match on 703 is in a 5th set and much more intriguing for a 1st round match. Unfortunately the HD is almost unwatchable. :confused:
  20. Maleman

    Maleman Icon

    Apr 17, 2007
    Yah I just woke up and turned on the French Open and went "wow" how dissappointing, the picture is awful on all the bonus channels.

    What happened to the HD? :mad:

    Was it like this last year for the French?

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