Watch my first Cowboys Game in HD - Wow!

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  1. Neil White

    Neil White Supporting Actor

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    I got my first HDTV Rear Projection TV a week ago. The day I got it I watched MNF on ABC and I was impressed. Yesterday I watched the Cowboys and Bills battle it out on CBS in HD 1080i glory and oh boy ... what a joy to behold. I was blown away. Using the Twin View, I compared the HD widesreen image with the full screen analog coverage - amazing how much more the HD image showed. Beautiful panormic shots of the field and stadium. I could read the players names on their jerseys. You could make out the knap on the astroturf.

    I'm in heaven folks!.

    BTW - it's a Sony KDP-57WS550 with the integrated ATSC tuner. I'm using a Rat Shack $50 antenna mounted in the attic. Works like a dream.

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  2. Grady Hollums

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    Ditto:

    I can say the same thing! It was truly amazing! I must admit though there were some shots that looks very pixeliated (sp?), but I just assumed that those shots were just them switching over to a standard definition camera for a few seconds. (it was weird though because the picture stayed at a 16X9 format. Maybe I just had a bad feed with my antenna or something.

    The "bad" shots that I am speaking of were primarily when they had a close of of a cheerleader of a close up of a player. On the player close up it was weird though, because his face was perfectly clear, but everything else was pixeliated (sp?).

    Any explanations anyone?
     
  3. Neil White

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    Grady,

    I noticed shots from the ground at the end zone were not HD (but still 16:9 as you point out). Shots from higher in the end zone, like during a field goal were HD. I also noticed some pixelation at times but I think that's compression/bandwidth issues at play. What was sweet was seeing the reflection of the stadium roof in the helmets. sooo clear.

    I think CBS does a good job of keeping the show widescreen during non-game parts of the show. They put up some sidebar graphics etc. I've seen other stations that simpy jump to 4:3 at those times.

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  4. Ralph Summa

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    Get ready for next Sunday night! Cowboys @Patriots on ESPN-HD 8:30 PM. Unfortunately I will not be able to see my beloved Cowboys next week in 1080i. I'm going to have to settle for seeing them in person.

    Should be a tough game for all, including the fans. Temperature should be in the low 30s!

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  5. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Congratulations Neil. I was so happy to see that CBS had made that their headline game, so it came up in HD. Much better than FOX’s EDTV—which I admit that I prefer to SD.

    To top it all off, the right team won. [​IMG]
     
  6. Paul Jenkins

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    HDTV rocks, especially at 133" projection via HS10 [​IMG]

    Yesterday's game sure was pretty to look at, even though it wasn't a pretty win [but we'll take it! 7-2!!]
     
  7. Travis Hedger

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    So your twin view option was able to display both the Analog and 1080i Image side by side? If so that is one hell of a way to compare! [​IMG] I can't wait till I can ditch my 27 inch and get me something similar.
     
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  9. Neil White

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    Travis,

    Yes, the Twin View allows digital tuner picture on the left and analog or other input on the right. Sweet I tell ya.

    Lew/Paul,

    You got that right. A win is a win but it wasn't the best of games.

    Ralph,

    I can't get ESPN-HD yet - I only have OTA HD right now. Have fun at the game!

    Thomas,

    I'm not sure. The higher the better for an antenna so it's really a question of your location and whether you have a balcony you can mount the antenna on. I've heard some indoor antenna's work but check www.antennaweb.org for more information.

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  10. Dustin Wind

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    I have a 65" HDTV Toshiba.
    I NEVER miss Sunday or Monday nights.
    Anyone who comes over is blown away.

    I even have my girlfriend watching football now!
     
  11. Ralph Summa

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    That's too bad Neil, but you'll be able to see them on Thanksgiving Day if you're home. We're leaving my in-laws house at 3:30 pm on turkey day. Everyone is following us to our house for dessert so I don't miss the game!
     

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