Flicked this on for a few minutes. The scoreboard graphic looked absolutely terrible. I had to squint to tell if it was the 5th or 8th inning. The audio and video were also stuttering quite a bit. Overall not impressed at all. The only good sports ive seen on inhd so far was the us open during the free preview. Since then the other tennis, college football and baseball all have not looked good at all.
Well I have NESN's HD feed for all home Sox/Bruins games on INHD2. I have absolutely no complaints, PQ is excellent with no audio problems as of yet. I couldn't compare it to the broadcast on INHD1, it was blacked out.
If I had to make a complaint it would be with the wider angled shots. Seems like they always start out of focus then slowly come back. However, the close up shots of batters and the normal centerfield pitcher/batter view is awesome.
I think it's also safe to say that NESN is still learning how to use their new HD toys. I give them a huge thumbs up for taking the HD step this early!
I get NESN locally as well, and I agree that their score bug is not the best. Another thing to note is that the lighting at Fenway isn't as bright as other major league parks that I've been to. I think this may have something to do with the appearance of the broadcasts.
For those who care, NESN is the home network of the Red Sox and Bruins. Before the switch to HD, they had the worst SD picture quality of almost any channel I've seen. Now, they've fully embraced HD and the PQ is inifinitely better (at least for HD broadcasts). When they launched HD, they used one of those laser thingies to project a message on the Prudential building. This week, they're also setting up an HD display in Boston so those who don't have HD can see what they're missing.
As the old saw goes: A bad day fishing is better than a good day working. I think the same sort of philosphy could be embraced here. We'd all love brilliant, crystal-clear broadcasts all the time. But I'll take sketchy HD over just about any SD broadcast (and DEFINITELY over NESN's old SD broadcast). Keep the constructive comments coming, they help the stations improve. That said, let's not lose sight of the important fact that this is HD in the first place. The Sox have NEVER looked so good....
I watch all of the Red Sox home games on NESN-HD via INHD2. I think that overall NESN has been doing a fine job with their broadcasts. I love the 1080i and hopefully more new stations will choose this format as well. The darker picture is a Fenway lighting problem, not a NESN-HD problem. My only constructive critisism would be to fix the score bug. It is blurry in HD and difficult to read inning numbers.
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