WNBC-DT (1 SD Sub Channel)
Thank goodness that annoying animated fuse is not being used on the live bug this year.
Would be nice if the bug was semi transparent but I'll take the solid bug over the animated fuse.
The fuse animation is being used again on the lower thirds.
During the two taped Kenny Chesney performance the announcer talked over the ending promoting the next performer which was an odd editing choice.
They could have waited for him to finish the song.
Audio seems to be simulated DD 5.1. On the live segments with Regis his mic and the production music are in the center channel.
On the taped performances I'm hearing the vocals and instruments in the center channel and instruments on the L & R and surrounds.
For the fireworks everything is in the center channel. There's a little audio in the L & R and music in the surrounds.
The music selection for the fireworks is much better this year.
Less pop and more traditional songs.
My only complaint is there is no need for the live bug.
I'm guessing like last year the live bug is going to be on the rebroadcasts.