OT NBC's High Definition coverage

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by mark_digital©, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. Was wondering if anyone else has had to revert to analog TV signal to watch
    the skiing? I see NBC is broadcasting 4:3 480 pixels but the output is
    extremely sharpened. Oddly enough the commercials seem fine.

    mark_digital©, Feb 13, 2006
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  2. mark_digital©

    Mark² Guest

    It even looks extremely sharpened on standard cable!
    -The WORST Olympics picture I've ever seen.
    Even the studio shots are horrible.
    It makes me wonder if their system for down-sampling HD to standard is
    somehow screwed up.
    It's just really really bad to the point of serious distraction.
    Did you see the "Flying Tomato's" hair last night, as it literally seemed to
    flash on and off, as though it had white lights in it? Jeeeeez their images
    are bad!
    Mark², Feb 13, 2006
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  3. Sad to say that, whilst digital photography has improved the general
    ability to take good images, digital television is currently giving us
    some of the poorest quality TV we've has for a long while. One can only
    hope that once all the standards are sorted out, and the standards
    convertors are removed from the path, we will actually get some benefit.

    Of course, the drastically larger number of channels at vastly poorer
    artistic and technical quality is another issue!

    David J Taylor, Feb 13, 2006
  4. mark_digital©

    ASAAR Guest

    Wouldn't the flickering tomato be cause by too rapid movement for
    the "compression" technology to cope? What works well for general
    subjects is often broken by special cases.

    Ah, broadcast TV, the last bastion of quality programming. <g>
    Yeah, cable has a lot of junk, but it also has such as CSPAN-2's
    Book TV. Unfortunately in this area (Cablevision), that channel is
    too often preempted by local Jamaican and Bollywood MTV type music
    videos and endless real estate and shyster lawyer ads.
    ASAAR, Feb 13, 2006
  5. mark_digital©

    ASAAR Guest

    There's been a little of that in the news lately. It will need
    some careful consideration to get it right, since junk channels tend
    to be more heavily watched, and some of the better, small audience
    channels might be abandoned if more money could be made by having 15
    Disney, 12 MSNBC and 26 Fox channels. At least there's a chance for
    more public feedback that might even be considered, now that the
    arrogant Powell regime is over. What is NOT needed is a politically
    motivated overseer, which might produce a mess similar to what has
    been happening recently with the CPB.
    ASAAR, Feb 13, 2006
  6. Close-ups are are good but not much better. They're capturing at 500 frames
    per second and their followup slo-mo's are perfect, so I don't think it's
    the cameras. It's the reprocessing. Their technicians are screwing up back
    in the control room or maybe they're uplinking to satellite via mpeg4 and
    that's too much compression; too much halow artifacts.

    mark_digital©, Feb 14, 2006
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