Super Bowl, Stanley cup, 2003 MNF in HD from ABC

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  1. Mike I

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    THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK ANNOUNCES IT WILL BROADCAST

    MAJOR SPORTING EVENT FINALS, INCLUDING THE SUPER BOWL,

    GAMES OF THE NBA FINALS AND STANLEY CUP, IN HDTV


    2003-2004 Season of "Monday Night Football"

    Will Also Be Seen in HDTV



    ABC Television Network president Alex Wallau announced today that the most-watched and highest-profile sporting events of the year, including the Super Bowl, games of the National Basketball Association finals and the Stanley Cup, will be broadcast in HDTV on ABC this season. In addition ABC announced that it will broadcast the 2003-2004 season of "Monday Night Football" in HDTV.


    "Live sporting events provide the best platform to showcase the dramatic benefits of high definition television," said Mr. Wallau. "We’re delighted to broadcast these sporting events in HDTV, including the most-watched television event of the year, the Super Bowl."

    ABC currently broadcasts the majority of its primetime schedule, including all of its scripted dramas, comedies and theatrical movies, in HDTV. The 2002-03 primetime HDTV broadcasts, sponsored by Zenith Electronics Corporation, include the new programs "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," "Life with Bonnie," "Push, Nevada," "MDs," "That Was Then" and "Less Than Perfect." These programs join such ABC stalwarts as "NYPD Blue" and "The Practice" in high definition, bringing the Network’s total HDTV primetime broadcasts to more than 13 hours per week.


    ABC was the first major network to broadcast in HDTV, beginning in November 1998, and it is the only major broadcast network currently airing its HD programming in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound. All of ABC’s programs will use 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format.


    In September 2001 ABC made a major commitment to HDTV programming when it began broadcasting the majority of its schedule in HDTV, including all of its scripted primetime comedy and drama series, as well as all theatrical movies. For the 2001-02 broadcast season, ABC broadcast more than 260 hours of HDTV programming, and the Network plans to broadcast even more hours in HD this season.

    ABC began broadcasting high-definition television, including Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound, beginning on November 1, 1998, with the theatrical presentation of "The Wonderful World of Disney: 101 Dalmatians." Since then ABC has broadcast many other theatricals in HDTV, as well as numerous sporting events. Those include the first live, regularly scheduled HDTV sporting event in primetime, the 1999-2000 season of "Monday Night Football." ABC has also broadcast "Super Bowl XXXIV" and the "2000 National Hockey League All-Star Game" in HDTV. Currently 64 of ABC’s owned and affiliated stations are broadcasting digital TV, covering 63% of the nation, with 48 of those stations broadcasting in HDTV.

    ABC will air Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003, from San Diego, CA. The NBA finals are scheduled for June 4-18, 2003, and the Stanley Cup for May 31-June 9, 2003.
     
  2. Richard Travale

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    Wow! Here's hoping Shaw carries HD content by the spring. Man, watching the Habs beat the Avalanche in HD to win their 25th Stanley Cup would be sooo sweet [​IMG]
     
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    Excellent news! Way to go, ABC!!
     
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    Great news! [​IMG] With this announcement and the ESPN announcement it seems like things are finally starting to look up for HDTV content.
     
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    I don't receive any High Definition via antenna, only by Dish.

    For those of you who have seen ABC's 720p, how does it compare with "true" high def, 1080i, on comparable programs (live vs. live, sitcom vs. sitcom)?

    Thanks.
     
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    Looks like im going to need to get a ATSC tuner by the time the superbowl airs. If im going to have a superbowl party and have a HD ready TV its just a must have.
     
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    Oh yeah! Now I can begin to plan my Super Bowl party!
     
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    I know what I'll be asking for for Christmas now - a HD Set Top Box! Here's hoping FOX never gets the Superbowl back! [​IMG]
    Peace,
    DM
     
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    That's great news. Except for the fact we are stuck here in St. Louis with a Sinclair owned station. We will probably not get HDTV until either the station is sold or hell freezes over.
     
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    For sports, especially, 720p looks better than 1080i if your set can display it natively. Upconverted, even just by my STB looks really good, though not as good as 1080i (the only HD format my set can actually display.)

    If you're talking 720p v. 480p it's no comparison. 720p is light years better.
     
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    Man - time to start thinking about a 720p capable display. still 1080i upconversion still rocks.
     
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    TitanTV is listing tonights MNF in HD. Did I miss something?

    -Gary
     
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    It had to be a mistake on Titans part..ABC will not broadcast MNF in HD untill next season.
     
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    And now, as of last week, our local ABC affiliate just began broadcasting in HD. The Superbowl will truly be seen in HD at my house. Wooooooohooooooooo!

    Peace,

    DM
     

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