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post #1 of 99
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FOX once again expands the HD horizon, with the first reality show in HDTV.

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post #2 of 99
Please rise for The National Anthem.
post #3 of 99
wow, I was surprised to see this pop in, in HD. Cool!
post #4 of 99
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It's up in HD & DD 5.1, via WJBK-DT FOX Detroit & Comcast.
post #5 of 99
WOW! AI gets its own sticky!
post #6 of 99
it looks awesome so far! and sounds disturbing.
post #7 of 99
WOW! Picture looks fantastic here in Nashville OTA.
post #8 of 99
No HD here in S.E. Virginia.... :(

(WVBT 43-1)

Update: switched to HD at 8:28pm...
post #9 of 99
yes, PQ looks great and the 5.1 seems to "amplify" the bad singing. Kinda like watching SD on my RPLCD.
post #10 of 99
that's interesting ,the picture went to SD or some sort of small HD for the commercial but the 5.1 stayed on.
post #11 of 99
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Quote:
Originally posted by dtro
that's interesting ,the picture went to SD or some sort of small HD for the commercial but the 5.1 stayed on.
The commercials are SD.
post #12 of 99
Quote:
Originally posted by Ken H
FOX once again expands the HD horizon, with the first reality show in HDTV.
First? What about "The Rebel Billionaire?" AI is the second on Fox, no?
post #13 of 99
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Originally posted by duffin
First? What about "The Rebel Billionaire?" AI is the second on Fox, no?
Ok, 2nd.
post #14 of 99
I assumed the commericals were SD, but for some reason the PQ looked great.
post #15 of 99
Very good PQ thus far, but of course, there are no far-away, distant shots....
post #16 of 99
No HD...WPGH-DT OTA in Pittsburgh.
Too bad about the anthem singer to start the show. She actually wasn't bad when she wasn't trying to show off.
post #17 of 99
hey maybe a football game will break out and we can see some real HD football from fox.
post #18 of 99
Just went to HD in Pittsburgh...woo-hoo!

Never mind...back to SD...

Note to Toni Braxton's cousin...you've been booted out of the family.
post #19 of 99
Looks great. Just think how far FOX has come from this time last year.
post #20 of 99
Despite it being in HD this year, FOX is already being pessimistic about this season's AI. Read the Reuters report here .

And as usual, when the show reaches the finalists phase, I still wish it was live in the west coast =(, I'll probably will settle with SD live for now and HD for highlights 3 hrs later.
post #21 of 99
Quote:
Originally posted by dtro
that's interesting ,the picture went to SD or some sort of small HD for the commercial but the 5.1 stayed on.
Could that have been a switch to SD letterbox?
post #22 of 99
AI is perfect for Fox's low-bitrate HD. Really no motion at all.

Looks great.
post #23 of 99
Sometimes I see blocking when the view switches from the contestant to a wide shot of all four judges. It's really apparent when the judges wear something dark. KTBC-DT, Hitachi 32HDT55, Pace 550HD.

Paul
post #24 of 99
How can anyone watch this crapola? It's so pathetic. I'd rather watch paint dry. Can there be this many losers, wackos and dorks running around this country? If there is, we are in a sad state of decay my fellow americans.

Where's my paint brush...
post #25 of 99
Clearly many of contestants are actors and know what to expect.
post #26 of 99
Quote:
Originally posted by DaveFi
AI is perfect for Fox's low-bitrate HD. Really no motion at all.

Looks great.
Fox's HD is not low-bitrate, the video has over 15 Mbps available whenever it needs it, which is plenty for 720p. Another 3 Megs isn't going to make that much difference. This show is sent over the same network at the same bitrate as everything else on FOX, so whatever differences you see between programs must be dependent on the source and not the delivery system.
post #27 of 99
Looked and sounded good from WNYW OTA. Nice to see everything (including the band video) framed to 16:9.
post #28 of 99
Looked and sounded great. Noticed the clips from last season that were HD...
post #29 of 99
Looking great on KTTV-DT here in Los Angeles.

Remember that this is the first time AI is HD, but last season during the finale, the show was 16:9 ED, and it still looked good at that time. Looks like the finale was archived in HD; Fox was not HD yet last May.
post #30 of 99
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Originally posted by TonyW79SFV
Looks like the finale was archived in HD
I would respectfully disagree. The clips from last year's finale that I saw (during the early part of tonight's show) looked like an SD upconvert.

The rest of the show looked great to me -- showing no signs of the problems that are evident in the NFL games, which kind of solidifies my feeling that the network distribution system is capable of a very good image, provided it goes IN that way ...
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