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I got this from Tech section in today's USA Today:

"Cable sports giant ESPN will launch its own HD channel on March 30 with an opening-night baseball broadcast of the Anaheim Angels and Texas Rangers. "

"ESPN's start-up shows how much of an investment the conversion can take. As it prepares for launch, ESPN is negotiating with satellite and cable operators for space on their systems. The network has ordered three production trucks for simultaneous HD and standard digital broadcasts. The necessary 54 cameras alone cost nearly $11 million. A new building at the Bristol, Conn., headquarters includes several new sets, including one for SportsCenter."

Here is the link to the whole article.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/20...gital-tv_x.htm
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WOW WOW WOW!

Now I just wish we knew who was carrying it.



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Excellent news! It's good to have a date. I'd watch just about anything in HD... even baseball.

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I think this is the biggest news (as far as content goes) that has been released. It states that negotiations with satellite providers and cable sources are currently underway. Sports will sell HD more than any other content. The crystal clear HD pictures are even more evident with live sports than film transfers. When they start showing ESPN HD in retail stores, the TV's will begin to fly off the shelves.
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Someone's about to start this snowball downhill and I just saw Michael Eisner putting on his mittens.
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The network has ordered three production trucks for simultaneous HD and standard digital broadcasts. The necessary 54 cameras alone cost nearly $11 million.
That comes out to about $200,000 per camera. I seriously doubt that. HD cameras can be found now for as low as $50,000. What are these, prototypes?
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No, they are cameras that do all formats (720p/1080i/480i), this way the trucks can do more that just HD shows in order to stay profitable. So, yes, those cameras can cost that much. And the HD cams that are under 50,000 aren't studio configuration type that you need to do sports. And remember, ESPN is not paying for the trucks and equipment per se. USA Today's sentence is misleading. They asked the 3 companies to build trucks in order for them to use on a show-by-show basis. This way, ESPN will not have to maintain them, and other clients can help defray the cost of the unit by using them for shows other than ESPN's. For example, one of the trucks is already scheduled to do the Oscars. The truck company makes more $$ this way, and ESPN doesn't have to pay for 100% of the unit.

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Why is it I can see "D" carrying the standard digital broadcasts? The frustration is already starting to build!

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Great news! Thanks HiDefSooner.

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Hate to say it, but if DirecTV doesn't do ESPN HD, I'll be switching providers...(unless they can guarantee bringing it up within a few weeks....)

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So will these broadcasts and production trucks dwarf the ones that HDNet uses now? HDNet now currently uses 5 cameras per truck. How many will ESPN's trucks use?

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DirecTv and ESPN have always had a good relationship, unlike Dish who pulled ESPN Classics for a few months last year. Pure speculation here, but I would be shocked if we didn't see ESPN-HD on DirecTv come March 30. Both companies have too much to lose for it not to happen.
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Directv, are you listening?????

I have been with you since day 1 in 1993......I will leave in a heartbeat if you do not carry ESPN HD!!!!!

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So in 3 months, we will start getting this response from DIRECTV: "DIRECTV is in negotiations with ESPN ...etc.,etc."
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Benji you beat me to it. I was thinking the same thing.[WE ARE IN NEGOTIATION] D* has used this statement so many times that I am sick of it. Ever who has it first gets my money. My local cable is working on HD right now.

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This is great news and the reason I bought into HDTV was because of sports. As soon I as I saw this thread I called Directv and asked them about it and was told by the CSR that they are getting swamped with requests for more HDTV. I also sent email but have not yet received a response which is fine because I alreday no the answer.

I suggest that everyone just hammer them with email and phone calls and make them understand that they have no choice but to offer this channel.
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So in 3 months when Directv does not carry Espn HD I for one will be in negotiations with another service provider that does. You can book it!

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I hope that Dish gets it (Need something other than DiscoveryHD to make that $100 adapter worthwhile) exclusively. That will make everyone go nuts on the E* vs D* wars. Get ESPN-HD or NFL Package? Man that would be a nightmare. But I bet you'd see many house with both Sets of Dishes on the roof. :D

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How many people actually watch sports on ESPN anyway? It's great for SportsCenter but for actual games, HD sources are plentiful: HDNet has MLB and NHL, ABC has NFL, CBS has PGA, NCAA and Tennis, etc etc.

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You must be kidding. SNF, multiple NHL games per week, they just started NBA (not that I care), they have baseball, ... The more the merrier.

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Diddo Randy! Though I haven't been with them since 93, I will leave in a heartbeat if they don't carry ESPN-HD.

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get those emails rolling, Ive been with them since the start but if they don't carry it on march 30 ill give them a couple of weeks and then think about switching. i cant turn my back on them that fast. they have been pretty good to me over the years.
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I currently have HDTV through Comcast Cable. What do people think about the odds of them carrying ESPN HD? If they don't I would have to switch to direct and get my locals OTA. Also hoping Comcast picks up HDNET.
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I think comcast will carry espn hd, and they will charge 5 or 7 dollars. Or they will combine the hdnet's, discovery-hd, and espn-hd in a hd package.

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I hope you're right. That would be an awesome package. Better than paying $10 a month for Showtime with just one HD channel.
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From the take it for what it's worth department:

I was talking to a CSR at DirecTV Sports about something other than ESPN-HD but I did ask him about it at the end of my call. He said that when ESPN flips the switch with HD they will carry it.

We'll see.....but I hope he's right.
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To answer the earlier post, the trucks ESPN and ABC will use are full-size and will be able to produce 20+-camera shows (they have finally been able to make switchers that can handle the bandwith). HDNet's trucks don;t need all that, they use minimal replay sources and basically piggyback off of Fox graphics for MLB and NHL. Smart way to do it? Absolutely.

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Korgtriton, I hope you're right. I'm with all the rest, if D* delays with ESPN-HD, I'll be looking elsewhere. Since I'm in an Adelphia area (though only 1/4 mile from Time Warner territory, with their free HD & set top boxes), that just leaves dish as a possibility. Or, I guess I could move.
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hmm, I remember someone predicting that 2003 would be the big year for HD.

Looks like its going to be a great year. :)

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Well I just called 1-800-DIRECTV, and the gentleman said he "didn't think" they would have ESPN-HD. Although, he saved himself by saying he didn't have any info saying they would or would not be carrying it.....stay tuned I guess..
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