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No HD on NBC

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Richard Kim, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. Richard Kim

    Richard Kim Producer

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    Ever since they started covering the war last week, NBC is no longer showing any more HD content. Shows like The Tonight Show and Law and Order are broadcast in SD on the HD channel. Does anyone else have this problem, or am I the only one? I've got an HD box from Time Warner Cable.
     
  2. Allan

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    Same here (Time Warner in NYC). Not sure why though.

    Allan
     
  3. Lew Crippen

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    I got Law and Order in HD last nigh (Dallas OTA)t. There have been some unexpected SD telecasts when what was supposed to have been a new episode was a repeat instead (this seems to have been caused by some preemption earlier in the evening).

    Don’t watch Leno, so I can’t comment.
     
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    I JUST got my HD decoder and was all prepared to give a visual demonstration to my roommate with The Tonight Show, when I saw...that. It definitely wasn't HD. I guess they have shut it down or tuned it out for now.
     
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    NBC suspended all HD until the war is over for technical reasons.
     
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    I'm curious as to what "technical reasons" could possibly be at play here. Probably a money issue.
     
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    What Scott said.

    Also, I'd assume NBC might use the extra sat band-with for embedded reports but that's just a theory.
     
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    They haven't developed/bought/depoyed enough technology to simultaneously do 'ticker' updates on the screen with both high-def and standard-def. So until things stop crawling across the screen, you get standard-def.
     
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    NBC seems to be the least advanced out of the big 3 networks in terms of HD. Did they even have any HD shows until ER this season? I still don't know why The West Wing is not in HD, as it is already in widescreen.

    In my area (Raleigh, NC), NBC has the most dropouts of any of the HD stations (FOX included). Does anyone else experience this, too?
     
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    I don't think they want to risk anyone accusing them of not living up to their public service requirement. Otherwise I don't see why they would have the amount of coverage they do; regular programming gets better ratings.
     
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    The exact reason for this is not at all clear, and is being debated by many on several of these forums. NBC did make an announcement. It stated that during this phase of the war, all HDTV was being temporarily halted. The announcement is very vague.

    The most common theories:

    1.) Tickers cannot be done in 16 X 9 mode, or are more difficult to do in 16 X 9 mode.
    2.) The network is concerned that any sudden need to interrupt or "break in" on a program would be missed by a local channel (those who have been viewing HDTV for awhile will attest that local channels miss the switchover from standard def to high def, and vice-versa, often. Even such well-publicized shows as the Oscars were missed by many locals. Mine was 2 1/2 minutes late hitting the switch, for example. Some locals forgot until they received angry phone calls).
    3.) The satellite / bandwidth theory. There are those who believe it is because all of those embedded reporters are taking up additonal satellite bandwidth space, and theat NBC wants this clear for their incoming transmissions.
    4.) Some combinations of the above theories.

    I am not so spoiled as to misplace my priorities. Americans are engaged in a perilous mission, and the news regarding that that is of great importance. I support their efforts, and I want every one of them to come home safely.

    However, this does not change the following observation... the other mainstream networks have not suspended HDTV broadcasts (CBS, ABC) during this crisis. Is it because of their equipment? Their satellite allotment? Their confidence in the local stations' abilities to handle the switchover when a bulletin is necessary? Their ability to superimpose a news ticker on the bottom of a 16 X 9 image? NBC will not give up information, so the rumors tend to to proliferate. Who knows?

    Interstingly, reportedly, there are also a few locals that have also been doing no HDTV during this period, even though their network providers are sending them an HDTV signal. Some have even publicly announced this, and the reasons given have been summed up above. This would seem to support the "tickers" theory, or the "fear of falling asleep during a bulletin" theory.

    Hope this helps,

    -Bruce in Chi-Town
     
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    At least in Washington DC, "Crossing Jordan" was on in HDTV (3/31). Here's hoping it lasts.
     

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