- talking about sports in HD reminded me of this...
I asked the S.J. Sharks why they never had their games featured on
HDnet (I had earlier asked HDnet and Mark Cuban emailed me that the
league sets the schedule). The Sharks said that the deal HDnet
worked out was that only teams in areas covered by *Fox-owned* Fox
Sports Net affiliates would be televised on HDnet. Fox Sports Bay
Area is owned by Rainbow Media, which is why none of their telecasts
are presented on HDnet.
--- In HDTV-in-SFbay@y..., "CarlTYoung" <carltyoung@e...> wrote:
> --- In HDTV-in-SFbay@y..., "BlueBeard" <rkupsh@y...> wrote:
> > Thx. for the help regarding my Terk 42 antenna.
> > Can anyone shed some light on the following?
> > * Why do some commercials on HD NBC and FOX go to a
> blank or non-
> > commercial screen (with the NBC and FOX logo, for example)?
> It would
> > seem that the networks would want to convert ALL
> commercials (not
> > just some).
> > * It appears the networks use the HD frequencies as if they're
> > trialing them. They go up and down sometimes and the audio
> > sometimes out of sync or scratchy. Is this just their lack of
> > at this stage? I wonder how many HD receivers are live in the
> > area at this time. My bet is X-mas will bring many more.
> > * Why are some COLLEGE football games in HD (yesterday on
> CBS, for
> > example) and NO pro football games? Isn't the audience
> bigger for
> > pro football?
> > Thx. in advance to all the experts out there.
> I will attempt to anwser your question in part with a brief history
> HD programming if you will excuse my changing the subject
> slightly and including my own editorial opinion at the end .
> Most of what is broadcast in HD is underwritten by equipment
> manufacturers/ retailers etc. The CBS weekly college game, for
> example, is
> underwritten by Samsung and Sears and The
> Tonight show on NBC
> is underwritten by Sony while Mitsubishi has paid for many
> CBS has been the leader in HD brodcasting and in addition to its
> primetime programming and Y & R it has presented many
> sports productions: U.S. Open Tennis, Masters Golf, Final Four
> basketball, NFL play-offs and the Super Bowl in HD and in the
> future will carry events to which they hold the rights in HD.
> This year ABC will broadcast the Super Bowl and the NBA and
> NHL finals in HD and next year MNF will once again be
> broadcast in HD after a two year hiatus.
> NBC broadcast last seasons NBA finals and the recent
> Breeders Cup races in HD.
> Unfortunately FOX with a virtual monopoly on local sports and
> with the rights to the just concluded World Series and Super
> Bowls past has done nothing, entertainment programming
> included, in HD which makes the prospect of them acquiring
> DTV unfortunate at best and probably reason for HD viewers to
> oppose that deal should it come to pass.
> It is my view that those of us who care about HDTV and know
> that nothing will contribute to its growth more than additional
> sports programming should suggest to the NFL, MLB, NBA,
> NCAA, NHL etc that in the granting of broadcast rights in the
> future preference should be given to those who will present
> their product in HD.