Are you ready for some football?

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  1. Frank

    Frank Stunt Coordinator

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    College football in HDTV that is.
    August 1, 2001- Samsung Electronics Corp., Sears, Roebuck and Co.
    and CBS Television announced today a partnership that will allow fans to
    watch a full season of college football games in HDTV. The agreement marks
    the first time a full season of college football has been broadcast in HDTV,
    as well as the first time a retailer, broadcaster and manufacturer have
    joined forces to jointly promote HDTV usage.
    Samsung and Sears have partnered to produce an "HDTV Game Day" promotion in
    which Sears full-line stores across the U.S. will show a leading game each
    week during the regular season on a Samsung HDTV. The in-store broadcasts
    will be shown in a setting that will allow consumers to compare the
    experience of an HDTV broadcast with that of regular television.
    The HDTV televised football schedule kicks off with coverage of the
    September 15 match-up between Tennessee and Florida -- live from
    Gainesville, FL -- and culminates with the Army/Navy game on December 1.
    The schedule also includes the annual battle between Florida and Florida
    State November 17.
    "Samsung is pleased to team up with CBS and Sears to deliver a season of
    NCAA action in the high definition format," said John Garrison, Executive
    Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. "Samsung
    believes in the spirit of free, over-the-air Digital TV and would like to
    see everyone invited to share in this vision. The 'HDTV Game Day' event
    makes Sears stores the destination every Saturday for many sports fans'
    first exposure to Digital TV. And we're betting that once they experience
    the Samsung HDTV, they'll make the decision to take the experience home."
    "While Sears is a leading retailer in the sales of HDTV, we are aware there
    is a good deal of confusion among consumers about HDTV," said Ray Brown,
    vice president/general merchandise manager, electronics for Sears. "With
    this partnership with Samsung and CBS, Sears is taking a leadership role to
    help educate millions of consumers about the benefits HDTV offers. So, if
    you don't have tickets to your favorite SEC football game this fall, come in
    to Sears to watch the game on HDTV -- it will be the next best thing to
    being in the stadium."
    "Joining with Samsung and Sears to broadcast high definition college
    football to our audience is a major step in CBS's ongoing, industry-leading
    efforts to bring the extraordinary HD viewing experience to America's
    television viewers, "said Martin D. Franks, Executive Vice President, CBS
    Television. "We hope this venture will boost the nation's transition to
    digital television."
    The in-store Sears broadcasts will be possible either through off-air
    reception of a local CBS affiliate's HDTV signal, where available, or in
    eligible areas, via satellite provider EchoStar Communications Corporation
    (Nasdaq: DISH) in which EchoStar provides CBS's HDTV signal exclusively to a
    Samsung HDTV unit in every Sears store. This arrangement - struck several
    weeks ago - dovetails with the recently announced CBS/EchoStar partnership
    that will allow certain eligible EchoStar subscribers to access CBS HD
    signals from either its New York or Los Angeles stations.
    SOURCE: CBS
    I can't wait!
    Let's all go to Sears and buy a Samsung HDTV!.
    Frank
     
  2. Scott L

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    Hoo-rah! I don't think I will be getting a Samsung [​IMG], but I applaud Sears for doing this. At least they're making an effort for putting the HD format in homes. Thanks for the post Frank. btw- any info on whether it will be 720p or 1080i (with CBS I'm guessing it's 1080i but who knows)?
    Oh wait a min, don't I need a $1000 HDTV receiver??? D'oh!!
     
  3. VicRuiz

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    No, you don't. The Dish 6000 HDTV receiver costs $289.95 at Satellite Depot .
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    [Edited last by VicRuiz on August 01, 2001 at 08:50 PM]
     
  4. Mike I

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    NOLES VS gators in HD....Can't wait...I usually go in person every year, but this year, I may have to stay home and watch it in HD...
    GO NOLES
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  5. Tim Markley

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    Sounds like I'm gonna need to get an HDTV STB! Too bad none of the DirecTV boxes are that cheap. Anyone know of any good deals?
     
  6. GaryS

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    The DirecTV receivers are that cheap, you just have to know where to look. The Hughes model is $527 at www.abtelectronics.com. If you are a current DirecTV subscriber you can call DirecTV and ask for the Customer Retention department. Tell them you want to upgrade to HDTV and Dish is offering a $200 rebate. They should match it. This worked for myself and many others over at AVSForums.
     
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    Sears bringing HDTV to the masses...who woulda thunk? Here's a shot across the bow to the upstart Best Buys and Cicuit Citys. Great job Sears, Samsung, CBS and Echostar!
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  8. Bruce Hedtke

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    Frank,
    Any chance that you have the full season schedule to post? Info on whether these are all day games or some night games thrown in as well.
    Bruce
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  9. Frank

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    Sorry Bruce, we'll have to wait for CBS to officially announce the entire season schedule.
     
  10. Tim Markley

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    Gary,
    How do they do this rebate? Any info is appreciated. It's definitely worth a try. Do you have a link to the discussion at AVSForum? Thanks!
     
  11. GaryS

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    Tim,
    Mine was done as a $200 programming credit. Once you call and secure the credit they will apply it to your account when you activate the new HD receiver. I don't have the link since the discussion was a few months ago. FWIW I have received $400 in programming credits plus Showtime/HBO free for 6 months this year all by complaining about DirecTV's lack of HD content.
     
  12. Brian Mello

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    I can confirm that if you complain to DirecTV (in a nice manner) they will give you credit on certain things. You can complain about the fact that you have to purchase receivers for other rooms and pay a monthly fee for each receiver which isn't necessary if you have cable. Boom $300 credit!
     
  13. Howard Williams

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    Finally, some good news !!!
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    GROOOWLLLLL !
    "AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!"
     
  14. Tim Markley

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    Thanks Gary and Brian for the info. It sounds like I need to start complaining to DirecTV! [​IMG] I'll do a search of the AVSForums to see if I can find the thread just because I'm curious to hear about other people's experiences.
     
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    Thanks for the link Gary but unfortunately it didn't work. I'm not planning on getting a TIVO but I'm definitely interested in an HDTV STB. I'll do a search of the AVSForums to see what I can find. Gotta make sure to do my 'complaining' the right way so that I get the rebate. [​IMG]
     
  17. Scott Merryfield

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    This is good news (although the Big Ten is carried by ABC [​IMG] ). Is there any word on CBS broadcasting NFL games in HD this fall? A decent amount of NFL and college football would definitely result in a HD tuner purchase this fall for me.
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    I figure we'd get a SDTV broadcast of the Superbowl. It probably won't be widescreen though. My local Fox digital upconverts everything to 480i on it's SDTV channel. I as just flipping thru the channels and they were showing "The Nanny"...now that's funny... [​IMG]
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