US Open on NBC

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  1. jp41

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    I know there may not be a lot of golf fans out there, but does anyone know if NBC will be using HD cameras on the ground and not just the towers for the US Open? I've watched a couple tournaments on NBC earlier this year and it is terrible when they switch from the crisp HD picture from the towers to the stretched out picture from the cameras on the ground. I would hope for the US Open everything would be in HD.

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  2. richlife

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    You can hope, but it won't happen. I'm watching now on ESPN HD. They commented to begin with that they'll have all day coverage (10am - 7pn) by joining with NBC for the 3 - 5 segment. So far, most of the coverage is HD, but some tees and some fairway shots are SD. They are trying to expand the HD by covering from the towers, but some of those L-o-o-o-ng shots are almost psychedelic. It looks like maybe 90+ percent HD. Enough SD to drive you nuts! Especially when they switch back and forth from SD to HD and back on one person to get another perspective.

    Time for some bitchy emails to ESPN and NBC.
     
  3. jp41

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    Thanks for the update. CBS does such a nice job with the Masters it is too bad that NBC can't do the same with the US Open. I wrote to NBC about a month ago complaining and urging them to get their act together for the US Open but it sounds like there have not been any improvements.
     
  4. n3ntj

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    Yes, CBS does a great job with golf in HD. All cameras appear to be HD. NBC's golf coverage is lacking and very inferior to CBS's golf coverage in my opinion.
     
  5. magellanmtb

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    I've written to NBC on numerous occasions about their lack of HD field cameras, but have yet to receive any response or see any change. It a major golf tournament, you would think they could afford a couple of HD camera. I am getting very tired of watching NBC telecasts. Even there HD cameras don't seem as sharp as CBS's. Seems as if there's golf HD coverage an then there's CBS golf HD!!! They are still light years ahead of NBC. Who has the British OPen, ABC?
     
  6. Chandu

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    It's not just golf. NBC's so-called HD coverage always sucks, period.

    They murdered the coverage of French Open tennis, and I expect them to do the same thing with Wimbledon as well. Only when US Open tennis moves to Universal-HD (a channel which is property of NBC) do I expect some professional HD coverage. But otherwise, the broadcast NBC is one of the worse when it comes to HD coverage of all these events, golf, tennis, everything.
     
  7. Steve Mehs

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    Not just golf but hockey, football and NASCAR as well. As I said many times, NBC should not have anything to do with sports, stick to Law & Order and leave sports coverage to CBS, FOX and ESPN. Coverage sucks, commentators suck and many times I've noticed the picture quality is inferior. Watching the Masters on CBS was amazing. I’m not much of a PGA guy but damn did that look good and held my interest..
     
  8. mtalhelm

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    Anybody seeing a picture that seems not to be in focus for NBC's coverage of the US Open today - Saturday. I am using HD NBC channel provided by DirecTV and local NBC is the same. Using HR 20 also. Is this my system or is this NBC and crappy coverage?

    CBS HD for the Masters was much better!
     
  9. Steve Mehs

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    Just flipped over from the baseball game. Yes, it is pretty crappy, but on par (pun intended) with the rest of NBCs sports coverage. Watching on the Buffalo, NY NBC affiliate on TW Cable from Rochester. Color seems oversaturated, it does look out of focus, or at least out of focus compared to what I was watching on CBS 2 months ago and there is some noticeable pixilation.
     
  10. magellanmtb

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    It is not your system. It is NBC standard mode of Golf coverage! I agree, they should banned from sports coverage!!!
     
  11. n3ntj

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    ESPN's Thurs and Friday coverage in HD also had SD field cameras and only HD tower cams..must be using the same inferior equipment that NBC used for Sat and Sunday.

    ABC/ESPN is doing the British Open again this year and it is NOT going to be in HD, at least, it was not scheduled to be in HD when the schedule came out a few months ago. Most tourneys this year are supposed to be in HD when on NBC (sort of) and CBS. Maybe HD coverage will change closer to the Brit Open. You'd think since it is really ESPN doing the event, they'd have HD cameras all over the place, but nope. We'll have to wait and see.
     

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