Originally Posted by paule123
What is the size and resolution of your display?
52" Sony LCD 1080p. I'm just not seeing the softness. Now granted it may not be that razor sharpness that I saw with FOX a few weeks ago, but its defintiely not SDish to my eye. It's just fairly average HD from ESPN, but I'm not seeing the swimming grass or mosquito noise that used to really plague these broadcasts. The image seems to be holding up. There is some slight edge enhancement at work. Maybe a shutter in line here or there as well. Everyone is holding their focus nicely (easy to do with 300 foot candles), image looks very contrasty to me, nice deep blacks and popping whites. The fish eye is a bit noisy (though I like the off-center placement). Judging from some of the responses it sounds like encoding/decoding issues. There is no 'main camera' there are 3 up cameras in football games that are use interchangeably as the game follow depending on where the ball is at. It's highly unlikely the cameras themselves would be having the same issue, but since they are all having to resolve the same amount of deep focus detail on the encoding end, I'm not shocked that they would collectively look soft if there was an aggressive encoding scheme at work. Closeups will naturally look better as the focus is much more shallow, the bokeh won't be too taxing allowing the foreground object to say nice and sharp.
That being said I've been watching a month of local preseason football telecasts which range from "eh" to "aaah WTF!," so maybe my standards have been lowered.
There is a noticeable loss of detail between the studio show and the game, which is generally a bit crunchier, the Studio stuff appears to have some of it rolled out, which is expected. The This Is Sportscenter commercials look awful, like they were shot on HDV. In all honesty it's a normal ESPN broadcast, I would say the FOX and CBS broadcasts overall looked better, but I wouldn't say that this necessarily looks bad or is the worst HD i've ever seen. I can tolerate the picture, the audio on the other hand, I would really love to hear a true 5.1 image.