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Hi,

Tonight watching Miss Match at 8PM from Comcast (Lost Angeles) the picture was scrambled.


The top half was broken into about 12 squares while the bottom half was fine.


Did anyone else have problems?


The rest of the HDTV lineup was fine.
 

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A number of us were discussing NBCs problems in the HD Programming section. I didn't have any trouble here in Western MA (Comcast) with Miss Match, but Boomtown was another story. The show started off in 1080i, but about halfway through switched to 4:3 letterbox, resulting in the all-too-infuriating black bars on all four sides of the pictures. Very disappointed in NBC this evening.
 

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Hi,

Tonight watching Miss Match at 8PM from Comcast (Lost Angeles) the picture was scrambled. The top half was broken into about 12 squares while the bottom half was fine.


Did anyone else have problems?
Absolutely saw the same thing. Unwatchable. Laughable. Who would have dreamed this could be possible?


I just got home from dinner, rewound the D-VHS and expected to enjoy the debut of both "Miss Match" and "Boomtown" (which is one of TV's top-3 shows). I'm now watching "Miss Match" a-la Tetris. Isn't anybody at NBC watching???


And from what I also read, the "Boomtown" HD hour was also messed up.


This week on NBC has to rate as THE WORST technical showing from any major corporation since ABC blew last year's HD Oscars (total blackouts every minute). "Las Vegas" was also dark, strobe-y, and unwatchable. "West Wing" came a close second in darkness. And now NBC's top Friday night attractions are being shown over the air as scrambled video garbage.


Fortunately, I've also recorded tonight's two shows on analog from E*, so at least I'll be able to watch them.
 

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After about 20-30 minutes Miss Match improved. Boom Town had no problems.


FWIW, I don't know what the critics liked about Miss Match. Boring!!! But then I am not 20 something woman.
 

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Miss Match was fine here in Fresno, though I did tune in late so may have missed problems early in the show. First episodes of new series rarely are representative of what the show is really going to be like.


Often the first episode is the pilot show, and lots of changes can occur between the pilot show and regular production, just as prototype automobiles and the production versions will differ.


Also, first episodes are burdenned with having to set up the characters and the premise of the show, all that exposition can detract from the drama or comedy.
 

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After about 20-30 minutes Miss Match improved. Boom Town had no problems.
Yes, Miss Match corrected about 20 minutes in. HD quality was very good after that.


But Boomtown was not shown in HD. It was simply the 4:3 letterboxed SD version which went out on NBC-DT. Black bars on all four sides on 16:9.


From a subjective perspective, I think the suits at NBC have ruined this show. It was slow, dull, heavy-handed, poorly written, surprisingly badly acted (perhaps they did the best they could with bad material), and all of the excitement, uniqueness and intelligence in form and content from last season seem to have been dissipated in the interests of mundanity and mass-appeal.


I think Vanessa Williams is NOT a terrific actress and based on this first episode will NOT be a positive addition to the show.


Disappointed.
 
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