Originally Posted by bonse
Well tonight for instance, House was on at 8 pm (assuming that was HD). Compared it to Channel 3, and there was not a great difference like there is with other local channels. For instance, WEAU tonight (Ch. 13 & 783). Compared Friday Night Lights. A world of difference to me. Really really sharp compared to Fox's HD. I guess the Super Bowl will be the real test.
I agree that House didn't look like HD last night. I am not sure if it was supposed to be or not (I don't watch the show). But, American Idol (and others) have looked much better. We will see for sure on Sunday.
Even with the SD programming you can see a noticable improvement between the Analog and the Digital versions of the station. The colors are brighter, skin tones are more natural, there is no ghosting, and the audio is stereo instead of mono. (The audio with HD I even noticed as DD 5.1, which I wasn't expecting... since ABC still isn't doing 5.1 after years of HD)
The only negative I have seen is that they are ~sometimes~ stretching the SD content to fill the screen, which I find very annoying, and unnecessary. I noticed this a couple days ago, but then they weren't doing it yesterday (5:00 pm, 2-1), and now they are stretching it again (7:30 am, 2-2).
I hope they just leave the 4:3 content alone, and let people fill their screen on their own if they desire that 'look', or have screen issues that require it. Let the viewer choose, not the broadcast. If nothing else, it makes their newscasters look about 30 pounds heavier... which I would guess they are not thrilled with
Looking forward to an HD Superbowl... and Packer season in the fall!