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This release is from CBS Sportsline. Confirms Thursday Friday coverage on the CBS HD network. 42 HD cameras. 10 SD cameras will be 16x9 (must be the on course RF cameras).
The Masters in HDTV
For the second consecutive year, the standard analog and HDTV productions of the 2004 Masters Tournament will be unified and will provide 18-hole coverage in HDTV's highest definition format.
In the largest HDTV production, CBS Sports will utilize 42 high definition cameras and 10 hand-held 16x9 standard definition cameras. The unified productions will be produced in HDTV's highest definition format, 1080i, and downconverted for the CBS Television Network's analog broadcast. This production technique also produces a better quality analog picture. Whether watching in widescreen HD or traditional 4x3 analog, viewers hear the same golf announcers and see the same camera angles, replays and graphics.
The 2000 Masters was the first golf tournament ever presented live in HDTV on network television, and it is still the only major tournament broadcast in high definition. The 2003 Masters marked the first time that the standard and HDTV productions of the Tournament were unified.
CBS Sports will broadcast the 2004 Masters on the CBS Television HD Network on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9 (4:00-6:30 p.m., ET, each day) and Saturday, April 10 (3:30-6:30 p.m., ET) and Sunday, April 11 (2:30-7:00 p.m., ET) live from Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The third and final rounds of the Masters will be broadcast simultaneously in standard definition by CBS Sports on the analog CBS Television Network.
Beginning in 1993 the Masters experimented with HDTV on a limited basis to discover how the new system could improve the presentation of the tournament to the television audience. The 2004 Masters broadcast will be presented in the highest form of HDTV with 1080 lines of resolution and over two million picture elements which makes it six times sharper than standard definition television.
One hundred and seventy-nine of CBS's owned and affiliated stations are currently broadcasting in digital, covering approximately 97% of the nation.