ABC announces Fall HD lineup...(it will all be HD)

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  1. Mike I

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    September 5, 2001
    THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK ANNOUNCES IT WILL BROADCAST
    ITS PRIMETIME ENTERTAINMENT SERIES IN HDTV
    ABC Television Network President Alex Wallau announced today that ABC will broadcast all of its scripted primetime entertainment programs in high definition television (HDTV) this season.
    All of these programs will use 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format. ABC is the only network to broadcast its HD programming in Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surroundsound.
    In addition to “NYPD Blue,” which became ABC’s first regularly-scheduled entertainment series to be broadcast in high-definition last season, the series to be broadcast in HD include “Dharma & Greg,” “Spin City,” “ Philly,” “My Wife and Kids,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Thieves,” “Once and Again,” “The Practice,” “What About Joan,” “Bob Patterson,” “According to Jim,” “The Job,” “The Court,” “The Web,” and “Alias.”
    ABC also broadcast more than 40 theatrical movies in HDTV last year, and will continue to do so for the 2001-2002 season.
    “We’re very committed to doing HDTV programming, and broadcasting most of our primetime series in HD is a terrific way to showcase this technology,” said Mr. Wallau.
    ABC began broadcasting high definition television, including Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound, on November 1, 1998, with the theatrical presentation of “The Wonderful World of Disney: 101 Dalmatians.”
    Since then ABC has broadcast a number of theatricals in HDTV, as well as numerous sporting events, including the first live, regularly scheduled HDTV sporting event in primetime, 1999-2000 season of “Monday Night Football.” ABC has also broadcast the Super Bowl XXXIV and the 2000 National Hockey League All-Star game in HDTV.
    ABC Media Relations Contacts:
    HDTV: Susan Sewell (212) 456-1508
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    Woo Hoo!!! Now does this mean that these programs will now be 1.78:1??? All they have been doing whenever I get a chance to see is a 1.33 image that is shifted left or right.
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  4. Mike I

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    All HD is 16.9 or 1.78
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    This is super! Now, if they only had something worthwhile to watch..........
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    This is great news for 720p. I like 1080i, but it is no 720p. Hopefully if more material is broadcast in 720p, we'll see more consumer sets supporting the scan rate when the 2003 sets come out in a year.
     
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    This "press release" was also posted in the HDTV Programming forum at AVS Forums. Another member called Susan Sewell, who is a Media Relations Contact at ABC and she disavowed this as being an official press release.
    There is no record of this "press release" at the official ABC Press Release web site.
    A moderator should remove this thread.
    [Edited last by Tom_F on September 05, 2001 at 05:06 PM]
     
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    Mike,
    Where did you find this press release at?
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    From the HDTV Programming forum moderator at AVS Forum:
    "To all AVS Forum Members,
    In case you missed it, a draft press release from ABC was posted here earlier today. Unfortunately, it was not authorized by the network and it has been subsequently deleted by the member who posted it.
    I spoke with ABC directly this afternoon, and they did provide the following information, to help clarify the issue.
    At this time ABC has no new information regarding their HDTV plans. They do expect to have a press release in the next week to 10 days outlining their HDTV plans for the 2001-2002 TV season. They did want us to know they are working on adding additional programing and that high level network executives are behind this effort.
    As soon as additional information is available, we will be among the first to know. Please do not bombard them with calls, for there is nothing else they can add at this time.
    Thanks for your cooperation.
    Ken"
     
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    Now that the press release has actually been released, I am taking the lid off this thread.
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  11. Mike I

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    Here is the now official press release
     
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    okay, so now that it's finally released, now what happens? I am purchasing a Hitachi 53UWX10B today.. What do I need to be able to view the HD feeds from ABC.com? DirecTV?
    Is there a good place to get info on HDTV service providers and locations?
    Thanks!
    - Mike
     
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    Direct tv does not carry the ABC HD feeds..
    Right now you can only get them through your local ABC affiliates if it is broadcasting digital yet..
    You can go to www.titantv.com , put in your address and it will give you the status of the local affiliates in your area who are broadcasting digital or when they will be..
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    [Edited last by Mike I on September 07, 2001 at 12:25 PM]
     
  14. Scott DeToffol

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    No Monday Night Football?!? Wow, MNF is their best material and audience for HDTV.
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    All I can say is WOOHOO! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    What a wonderful day for HD viewers. I'm watching the Tennis US Open Semis in HD today. Then I log on to read this mind blowing news! I guess it's time to get a HiPix for the HTPC so I don't miss my favorite shows in HD.
    One last time...WOOOOOHOOOOO!
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    If there are no sports or Monday Night Football in HD then I have no interest in ABC's programming whatsoever.
     
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    MNF is where it's at, to be sure.
    Still this will be converted to 1080i on my Mits 55" - that'll be darn sweet.
    [Edited last by Wolf Jenkins on September 07, 2001 at 03:18 PM]
     
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    This is great news! Add this to the sports available on Direct TV's HD Net (NHL and MLB) and things are getting very interesting in the HDTV world! My Wife actually wants me to purchase a STB now!
     
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    Christmas is here !!!
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