FOX Widescreen vs. regular tv: Superbowl comparison pictures

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  1. Erik_C

    Erik_C Stunt Coordinator

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    As you can see, there's really no added resolution. However, in addition to the better framing the widescreen image provided, colors were purer: goalposts were bright yellow, not schoolbus yellow like on regular tv, the orange down markers were really orange, and there was no analog cable noise. Plus, I think it was broadcast in 5.1 digital surround. I can't be sure, because my Yamaha only says digital or pro-logic, but I'm pretty sure I heard discrete surround action during FOX's bumper theme. Horns back right, drums back left.
    Anyway, here's the pictures. I took them by pointing my Coolpix 950 at my tv. The tv is a 32XBR450.
    FOX Widescreen (480p):
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    480i analog cable:
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    -Erik
     
  2. Jeff Loughridge

    Jeff Loughridge Stunt Coordinator

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    I almost had a heart attack just before the coin toss. They took a shot of the field from above the 50 yard line, probably from the press box, looking down at an angle. I thought my convergence had gone completely whacked when I saw the 50 yard line. Red to the left, Blue to the right, and white in the middle. Of course, I finally saw it was Red, White and Blue, but for a minute, Jeez. The 20 at each end was team colors and not quite so bad, but I skipped a beat on those, too.

    Picture quality is a C-, but I'll upgrade it to a C+ just for doing 16x9.

    It is in 5.1.
     
  3. Captain Spaulding

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    Well guys, it must be my TV, my eyes or my expectations. But I've been using a Samsung STB with an XBR450 for a couple of weeks. I have been less than impressed with the over-the-air digital broadcasts I've seen. Especially disappointing has been the change in black level with widescreen material. I've had to make a separate menu with a much higher brightness setting to compensate. BUT THE SUPERBOWL LOOKS AMAZING! I think the fact that it is so well lit makes it look so good. I was amazed at all of the different shades of blue I could pick out of a shot that showed a players blue jersey, his slightly different shade blue socks and another guys lighter blue whistle strap around his neck. My wife even commented on the picture [something almost never heard in our house!]

    I know Fox is not doing the highest resolution possible, but for me, if all digital TV looked this good, I'd be very happy! [uh-oh! I'll probably be in trouble with y'all for that last statement!]
     
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    If you've seen real HDTV on a real display all you could say about the FOX superbowl was that it sucked big time.
     
  5. Brian Glaeske

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    While there is no improvement in resolution, there is an important difference between your images...

    There is less noise in the digital version.

    Brian G.
     
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