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I'm at work, so I'm not paying the closest of attention, but:


Is Joe Sixpack confused by the TNT's cut-in tonight? When I look at the tiny little TV at work, I see a big bug in the corner that says NBATV in HD. Has anyone explained to the viewer at home that they are not actually watching HD? I can just hear people all over America saying "Man, this HD doesn't look any better than regular TV."


Am I just being too sensitive here?
 

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No, you're right. It would be confusing to many people. Having the same announcers on both broadcasts when they're touting the benefits of being in HD would also add to their confusion.
 

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What also gets me is when you see some of the NBA-TV commercials on ABC during the other playoff games touting the incredible picture of it. Of course ABC is showing the playoff games thus far in SD so of course the commercials are SD. I think they should put a disclaimer saying this is not HD you are seeing when showing these commercials. That said the picture on NBA-TV HD is incredible!!!!


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No, you're right. It would be confusing to many people. Having the same announcers on both broadcasts when they're touting the benefits of being in HD would also add to their confusion.
I don't know how many more times they could have explained the difference. They stated repeatedly that people with standard defintion receivers would be watching it letterboxed, and the when the announcers welcomed the TNT viewers they mentioned to call their satellite/cable provider for information about recieving it in high defintion.


Give the "average viewer" more credit.
 

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I have a friend who came over the other night and mentioned a NBA game and how they mentioned it was announced the game was in HDTV and that he didn't notice any diffrences on his tv set. :rolleyes:


I told him he needed a HDTV then gave him a nice demo. Now he wants one. :)
 

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I don't know how many more times they could have explained the difference. They stated repeatedly that people with standard defintion receivers would be watching it letterboxed, and the when the announcers welcomed the TNT viewers they mentioned to call their satellite/cable provider for information about recieving it in high defintion.


Give the "average viewer" more credit.
you mean you actually listen to the announcers during a basketball game? I haven't paid any attention to the announcers since Chick Hearn (RIP) passed away.
 

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My In Laws just bought a 57" Hitachi widescreen and I asked them how/what they were watching in HD and they replied "Basic Cable". I about $hit my pants!


They were under the assumption that since the Analog program had a statement that it was available in HDTV that they were actually watching it in HD.


Since they live in Florida and I am in Oregon, I can't do a whole lot to help them out. I gave them some suggestions on what to do and what to ask their cable company but other than that they are totally clueless.


BTW, they are in Tallahassee if anyone knows what's available in that area of the country, thanks (it would have to be cable).
 

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Time Warner here in my area is showing NBATV in Standard Definition in letterbox. Looks like crap... I can't understand why Time Warner is showing Standard Definition version of an HD game. I called the cable company and asked them if they would be showing NBATV in Hi-def since that's the main purpose in showing the games on NBATV. They said they wouldn't be showing NBATV in HD in the near future. Guess they want to be able to show the game to all their digital subscribers instead of just the HD ones. Just annoys me to watch the crappy quality with the channel saying that it's in HD knowing that it's because my cable company doesn't want to show it in HD.


I just need to wait till the playoffs are on ABC I guess since that's one of the few HD stations TWC is giving us here (along with HBO, SHO, and recently CBS).
 

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It's funny, but a few months ago people were complaining that the networks weren't telling people that shows available in HD were available in HD, like they used to do when color tv was first introduced. And I don't remeber anyone back when color was first introduced complaining that the color broadcasts didn't look any more colorful on their black and white sets than the black and white broadcasts. If people today are confused by the fact that HD broadcasts on their analog tv don't look any better than SD broadcasts, I'm not sure that's the fault of NBA TV.
 

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JIFISH

The world was a lot simpler back then and it's obvious that you can't get color on a black and white TV.


Today, a lot of folks are unable to keep up with the technology (and distinguish hype from truth - don't you hate it when commercials describe audio or image quality as "digital quality" - Morse code is a version of digital!) and they don't have any concept of how a TV actually works, so if the broadcast says it's in HD they'll be confused or disappointed or both. They don't know what HD means


I haven't watched NBA TV but it sounds like they should say it is in "HD where available" or "Simulcast in HD" (CBS doesn't seem to have had this problem) and periodically mention you need an HDTV to get the benefits. Even if there is some "collateral" confusion, it still seems to be a good thing that HDTV is being mentioned more and more and more people are asking about it.....
 

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How come i havent seen any news in regards to Directv having it?
 
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