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THE WB TO PRESENT NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF ITS FALL SCHEDULE IN HIGH DEFINITION

NETWORK TO UNVEIL ITS 5.1 DOLBY SURROUND SOUND IN NOVEMBER WITH BROADCAST OF "LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING"

BURBANK, CA (August 4, 2004) – The WB Network continues its commitment to the latest in television technology as it will broadcast 9.5 hours, or 63% of its schedule, in high definition this fall, it was announced today by Garth Ancier, the network’s Chairman.

The WB, which has had a substantial percentage of its programming in 1080-I HDTV since Fall, 2003, will broadcast dramas EVERWOOD, GILMORE GIRLS, ONE TREE HILL, SMALLVILLE, THE MOUNTAIN and JACK & BOBBY as well as comedies WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU, COMMANDO NANNY and REBA. The network will also broadcast its biggest events such as LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, and its first made-for-TV movie, SAMANTHA: AN AMERICAN GIRL in high definition. The WB’s Sunday EasyView broadcasts of ONE TREE HILL and THE MOUNTAIN will also be broadcast in HDTV. Additionally, beginning with the November broadcast of LORD OF THE RINGS, The WB will air its shows with 5.1 surround sound.

"Our viewers are early adopters of new technology so The WB wants to offer as much programming in high definition as possible," Mr. Ancier said. "It is important for us to give our audience the best experience possible, and given the cinematic scope and production values of our programs viewers will truly benefit from the amazing depth and clarity high-definition provides."

The WB’s HDTV offerings:

Monday – EVERWOOD

Tuesday – GILMORE GIRLS; ONE TREE HILL

Wednesday – SMALLVILLE, THE MOUNTAIN

Friday – WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU, COMMANDO NANNY, REBA

Sunday – ONE TREE HILL (EasyView), ONE TREE HILL (EasyView), JACK & BOBBY
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sounds good....the WB, who do a better job with HD when compared to NBC takes another step forward

CBS and NBC better speed up their 5.1 plans, if they have any

just wondering about LOTR though..will they present it over two nights or will it be like 5 hours with commercials? and cinematic scope = OAR?
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Over two nights in mid-November, and reportedly uncut. I don't believe they've said if it'll be the theatrical or the extended cut. BTW, The Two Towers is going to air in Fall 2005, and Return of the King will follow in 2006. They have the rights to show all three movies in 2006-2007, and plans are for high-definition broadcasts of each.
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This is great news. Especially the DD5.1 stuff. WB has been pretty agressive with HDTV since last fall.
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Time for Comcast to step it up with adding local WB digital/HD signals. There are only a sprinkling of markets so far (about 6) where Comcast carries the local WB in HD, yet there are digital retransmission consent agreements in place for many more than 6.
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Whoop te do. My WB is cable only. :(

Now if DirecTV would only provide WB-HD.
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While I'm not too interested in most of their programming I would give some shows a chance if our local WB affiliate would broadcast in HD at all. :(
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Wow. Too bad our WB affiliate is Sinclair. :(
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Yeah, great :( . WB is the only major network here in Tampa which is broadcast at VERY low power, and which I can not pick up.

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Good news here in the Houston area, more HD is better, DD 5.1 is the icing on the cake! More power to WB........

It is "WOW" TV!
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I just recorded LOTR ROTK from Direct's HD PPV channel and it rocked.

If WB broadcasts this in OAR, they will trump my recording...

My HD DNS days are kaput!
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Well, by 2006, we will all hoprfully have the HD-DVD for the whole trilogy.

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Wow. Too bad our WB affiliate is Sinclair. :(
My Sinclair WB affiliate is going HD next month. There is hope.
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The Baltimore Sinclair run WB54 is also supposed to go HDTV next month. They are also installing a DD5.1 encoder.
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Well, by 2006, we will all hoprfully have the HD-DVD for the whole trilogy.
Now you're talkin'! :D
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Nationwide only 2 WB stations currently have 5.1 capability. Chicago and Washington D.C.

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Nationwide only 2 WB stations currently have 5.1 capability. Chicago and Washington D.C.
How did you know that the DC affliate has DD5.1? I've only seen it active once. That was for a Basketball game. After that one time, they've never done DD5.1.
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Here's hoping they up their bitrate before LOTR… I just watched Smallville again for the first time since they started reairing Season 3… how they get away with calling that HD is beyond me… oh sure, some of the static shots look fantastic, but anything moving, or any luminosity changes and the scene is utterly destroyed.
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The Baltimore Sinclair run WB54 is also supposed to go HDTV next month. They are also installing a DD5.1 encoder.
They are also going to install a DD5.1 encoder here too.
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Yeah, great :( . WB is the only major network here in Tampa which is broadcast at VERY low power, and which I can not pick up.
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Does this mean that Smallville and other shows will be broadcasted in 5.1? Or just movies with that sound track available. I 2nd the motion of Moorebid to up the bitrate....all the special effects and action scenes in Smallville are wasted because of the low bitrate!
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Aside from the announcement of the LOTR, they really need something worth watching. Even in HD the shows they have are painful at best to watch.

Maybe just me. It is a nice step forward for a national broadcaster to up the ante so to speak.
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Aside from the announcement of the LOTR, they really need something worth watching. Even in HD the shows they have are painful at best to watch.

Maybe just me. It is a nice step forward for a national broadcaster to up the ante so to speak.
i think the WB is shooting for the younger demos..unlike CBS which goes for 40 and above only

but many people from all age groups watch smallville
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The glaring omission is of course, "Charmed", the show that would benefit the most from HD.
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Wow. Too bad our WB affiliate is Sinclair. :(
I second that.

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Yeah, great :( . WB is the only major network here in Tampa which is broadcast at VERY low power, and which I can not pick up.
Even if you could recieve it, it wouldn't be in HD, since sinclair doesn't do any HD in Tampa.

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The glaring omission is of course, "Charmed", the show that would benefit the most from HD.
Supposedly the cost of doing all the special effects in HD for that show is prohibitive!
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Even if you could recieve it, it wouldn't be in HD, since sinclair doesn't do any HD in Tampa.
That could change. Check out this thread.
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Alas, no Charmed.

Worse, in the Bay Area here we still have this useless encoder that causes pixelation on every motion sequence. Every one. It makes the HD useless on Smallville, et al.

New encoder please.

Alyssa, Holly Marie and Rose in HD, pretty please.

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ack! No Charmed in HD means big trouble with the wife :(
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