Originally Posted by ReplayJanitor
you know, I mentioned earlier in the thread that the Women's World Cup is being produced in SD widescreen. Well, so are all other FIFA tournaments, including the U-20 World Cup starting tomorrow in Canada. EPL has been produced in widescreen for years, Bundesliga is SD widescreen and occasionally HD, and La Liga and Serie A are also heading that way. My point is, these US soccer channels don't need to wait (a long long time) until they can have most of their matches in HD to start such a channel. They can launch HD outlets (the only way to broadcast widescreen in American cable/sat) and upconvert a 576i widescreen feed from Europe to either 720p or 1080i most of the time. It wouldn't even cost them as much bandwidth as HD. I see this happening after a couple of years when all the major cable networks have gone HD.
I would love to see them do something like this, take the 16x9 SD feeds and put them on an HD channel. Like ESPN2 has done with the French Open, Wimbledon, and part of the Australian Open in Tennis.
I just don't think there is enough ratings and ad money for Rupert and Fox Sports to invest the money and equip into an HD channel, then trying to get carriage on cable systems. Once D* new birds are up, the space for anything going HD will be available, but for the mean time, bandwidth is at a premium and I don't see an HD soccer channel getting carriage over other coming HD channels.
Hopefully in the next year, I would write to Fox, but I've never once gotten a reply from them as to a compliment/complaint.