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By Daisy Whitney TVWeek.com January 5, 2006


During Thursday morning's opening keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony Corp.'s Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer announced that Sony Pictures' syndicated game shows "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" will be available in high-definition starting this fall.


They will be the first game shows available in the crisp, rich, HD format. The time is right, Mr. Stringer said, since the sale of HD sets will eclipse the sale of standard-definition sets for the first time this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.


"With the proliferation of HD, programming is ramping up," Mr. Stringer said.

http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=9119
 

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Cool! An HD milestone for both game shows and syndicated programs. :cool:


I always thought Jeopardy would look great in HD.
 

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I can almost see the Phillip Swann sniping "review" about how terrible Vanna looks in HD!
 

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According to this , Wheel of Fortune already uses HD on the set to display "destination prizes".
 

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I can almost see the Phillip Swann sniping "review" about how terrible Vanna looks in HD!
My exact thought you took the words right out of my mouth
 

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Is it logical to assume that my local NBC affiliate will present Jeopardy in HD if they are currently presenting all of the NBC network programming in HD?
 

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I am not sure about logical (lots of logical assumptions seem to be tossed on their ear by HD) but it does seem reasonable.


Why not call the station and ask?
 

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WMAR (which shows Wheel and Jeopardy in Baltimore) showed a Billy Graham syndicated special in HD.
 

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Is it logical to assume that my local NBC affiliate will present Jeopardy in HD if they are currently presenting all of the NBC network programming in HD?
No, passing through network HD is completely different than storing and forwarding syndicated programming and most stations are not equipped for it.
 

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I think the "Wheel" and "Jeopardy" announcements are huge in getting women more interested in HD.


Now if "Oprah" would join in......
 

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This is great news and will surely get me back into Jeopardy, but am I missing something, I though both these shows were on ABC, not NBC.
 

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Couldn't they offer a "live" HD feed at the most common time these shows are aired, Jeopardy at 7 and Wheel at 7:30, ET and PT?
 

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I think the "Wheel" and "Jeopardy" announcements are huge in getting women more interested in HD.


Now if "Oprah" would join in......
Come on now... let's not go there!
 

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The answer is "Awesome!"



What is Jeopardy in HD?
 

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This is great news and will surely get me back into Jeopardy, but am I missing something, I though both these shows were on ABC, not NBC.
They are syndicated so any station, no matter what the affiliation, could pick it up. However, I am pretty sure ABC has a deal for all their O&O's, so a majority of the country sees the show on their ABC affiliate.
 

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This is great news and will surely get me back into Jeopardy, but am I missing something, I though both these shows were on ABC, not NBC.
These shows are syndicated and will air on different network affiliates at different times in each market.
 

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Thanks guys, I didn't realize they were syndicated, but I just went to ABC.com and couldn't find anything so yeah....


learn something new everyday :)
 

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Thanks guys, I didn't realize they were syndicated, but I just went to ABC.com and couldn't find anything so yeah....


learn something new everyday :)
Which, as mentioned earlier, will be the biggest issue with HD distribution. IIRC, they're King World properties, and that's Viacom and we know how Viacom feels about HD (even though they're no longer CBS' parent). Somehow, a receiver, possibly a dish, timeshifting gear and routing equipment is going to have to show up at every affiliated station. Kind of doubt King World will provide that.. at least not outside of the top ten markets. But they might help with the financing .
 

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No, passing through network HD is completely different than storing and forwarding syndicated programming and most stations are not equipped for it.
My thoughts exactly, because not all stations play Wheel and Jeoprady at the same time, so either they will feed it every thirty minutes, or they expect the stations to pony up for HD timeshifting....
 
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