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Steve Martin made fun of HDTV on the oscars.


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#1 of 24 OFFLINE   AaronNWilson

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Posted March 23 2003 - 12:35 PM

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#2 of 24 ONLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted March 23 2003 - 01:33 PM

Who cares, the show is looking very nice in HDTV!
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#3 of 24 OFFLINE   Robert_Z

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Posted March 23 2003 - 02:40 PM

[quote] Who cares, the show is looking very nice in HDTV! [quote]

Does the picture look a little soft to you? I need to do some touching up on my convergence. That being said, some of the shots look a little soft. But most of the shots are great, especially Jennifer Garner.Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#4 of 24 OFFLINE   Ken Seeber

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Posted March 23 2003 - 03:44 PM

I don't think he made fun of HDTVs, I think he made fun of the fact that not many people have them yet.

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Posted March 23 2003 - 05:18 PM



I thought it was a hilarious joke...why? cuz no one has hdtv yet!! cept maybe us HTFers Posted Image

(edit: whoops ..I see my point has been illustrated already. oh well, here's emphasis)

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Posted March 23 2003 - 06:01 PM

[quote] I thought it was a hilarious joke...why? cuz no one has hdtv yet!! cept maybe us HTFers [quote]
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Posted March 23 2003 - 06:23 PM

I was amazed that he actually found a CC with 3 employess in it that actually knew what HDTV was! As long as we're here, I liked his crack about LOTR better. - Now that was a great download! Glenn

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Posted March 23 2003 - 06:33 PM

I was so glad there was no annoying Whoopy Goldberg and boring Billy Crystal, Steve Martin made me laugh more than all the so called comedies of the past year. I forgot half his best lines but those I did remember are in my special oscars sig. He's the best host, I hope he is "asked" for next year as well! Oh and he doesn't need to dress up into different costumes or monkey around like other hosts to be funny.
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Posted March 24 2003 - 12:07 AM

Is it just my System (I just got Time Warner HD decoding box hooked in on Saturday morning) because during the Show last night when they were following Steve Martin around during his intro it was kind of "Skippy", and a couple of times the signal dropped out along with the sound then came right back up. Is this typical to everyone elses experiences. When they showed the clips of the movies or the commercials there was no problem. Only when they focused on him. The picture and sound quality was definatly better than the normal channel.

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Posted March 24 2003 - 03:27 AM

I just recently pickup a HD receiver (using rabbit ears for now) for OTA local HD. I turned on the box about 15 minutes into the show. It looked great in wide-screen. I did notice some pauses a few times. Not sure if it was my rabbit ear reception or just OTA local pickup and broadcasting issue. Didn't affect the show for the most part. Martin was the perfect host for this years show. The picture did also look a little soft. But, I'm still working through some adjustments in the TVs sub menu setup.
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Posted March 24 2003 - 03:50 AM

[quote] Is it just my System (I just got Time Warner HD decoding box hooked in on Saturday morning) because during the Show last night when they were following Steve Martin around during his intro it was kind of "Skippy", and a couple of times the signal dropped out along with the sound then came right back up. [quote]
I got the same thing, though not just on Steve Martin's bits. It's what I generally get on HD broadcasts, on all of the channels I receive. I don't know whether the problem is in the sources, my local Time Warner signal, or something else altogether. But it's the reason why I don't watch a lot of HD material.

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Posted March 24 2003 - 04:02 AM

Locally, my ABC affiliate still has problems with their OTA HDTV broadcast, and periodically we'll get dropouts or static on the audio side. But it wasn't distracting enough for me to switch to a Cable TV feed.

Also, the broadcast might have been "soft" because, well, HDTV is pretty unforgiving when it comes to facial close-ups, and this is, afterall, the Oscars! Posted Image
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Posted March 24 2003 - 04:15 AM

My local ABC station had the non-HD signal on their HD channel for the first few minutes. They didn't switch over until Martin told that joke. It was like the tech watching the feed was like "Yeah, who has HDTVs? Hahaha. Wait, HDTV, did I switch the feeds?"

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Posted March 24 2003 - 05:41 AM

My OTA drop outs were frequent and severe enough that I had to change to the regular broadcast. That was the first time I've had that problem. The massive OTA antenna was in perfect postion too. Wierd....very wierd.
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Posted March 24 2003 - 06:44 AM

I too had heavy OTA dropouts and pixelating...Posted Image The only stellar OTA broadcast I've seen so far, was last years superbowl. I'm FINISHED with antenna amplifiers and rotators, climbing into the attic to screw-around with connections......Tomorrow I'm having Time Warner bring out an HD boxPosted Image

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Posted March 24 2003 - 10:53 AM

[quote] My local ABC station had the non-HD signal on their HD channel for the first few minutes. They didn't switch over until Martin told that joke. It was like the tech watching the feed was like "Yeah, who has HDTVs? Hahaha. Wait, HDTV, did I switch the feeds?" [quote]

Scott, did you notice the audio was out of sync? It was annoying.

#17 of 24 OFFLINE   Alex Spindler

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Posted March 24 2003 - 11:19 AM

Loved that joke. I had several dropouts, but it wasn't so bad as to make me not like the wonderful broadcast.

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Posted March 24 2003 - 11:35 AM

I got dropouts also, and like others, it happens w/ most any broadcast, not just last night's Oscars. I use Time Warner in NYC area. One other thing about the softer look. That could be partly (or largely?) due to ABC using 720p, instead of 1080i. I don't really recall ever seeing ABC HD looking any sharper than last night's Oscars, but I could be wrong on that. _Man_

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Posted March 24 2003 - 01:59 PM

Another joke you guys probably liked:

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Posted March 24 2003 - 02:41 PM

There were picture freezes and sound dropouts on most west coast stations, with KABC in LA being the worst, according to a thread over at AVS. They weren't too bad here in Fresno on our local ABC affilliate, but they usually do much better. I've been able to enjoy many shows on that station with only one or 2 very brief dropouts per hour.
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