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From: Dan Carpenter (DCarpent@sbgnet.com)
Date: Tuesday, May 07, 2002 3:56 PM
Here's the story.....
First of all, both WSYX and WTTE will start out with DTV this fall with
3x4 480i. We will move forward with higher resolutions as the public
demands it, and when the networks provide it. The cost to get on the air
this way will be minimal, we can then invest in the higher
resolution/progressive scan equipment later. The amount of actual 16X9
high definition content available to us at this time does not justify HD
equipment. We will not line double or upconvert NTSC to HDTV as there is
no benefit to the eyeballs in doing so. The best long term answer for us
is to wait and move on HD when there is programming to support it,
rather than upconvert and disappoint consumers.
Second, the formats. After DTV snowballs for a little while, Fox will be
offering everything in 480p 16x9. This is their HD format. It looks
very, very good. Remember that NTSC equals 480H x 455v(color), but
really only 1 field on screen at a time means the resolution is only
"true" with a still picture. Motion can potentially lower the viewable
resolution to 262H by 455V while adding interlacing artifacts. Also,
NTSC color only allows for a vertical resolution of 455 lines. It's
geometrically wrong with a 4x3 picture. 480p will have 720 lines H, so
pixel size will be square.
When you see true 480p for the first time you will agree it is "high
resolution", twice as good to anything you know now.
ABC's choice is 720P 16x9. Only problem is they don't have but 2 shows
either native to this format or converted from film this way. Nor have
they shipped the digital affiliate package to us yet. When there is
programming, we will pass it through. The 720p I've seen looks truly
amazing, I can't wait for it!
If you are worried about a long term plan to upconvert NTSC to HDTV,
don't. Our long term plan is to move into 480p and 720p when programming
supports it and the market demands it.
Hope this answers any questions.
|Only problem is they don't have but 2 shows
either native to this format or converted from film this way.