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'Seinfeld' to Debut In HD

Sony Pictures Television to unveil plan at CES, will offer Seinfeld episodes in high-def beginning Jan. 26.


By Ben Grossman -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/5/2009


In conjunction with its now-typical big splash at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) will announce it is making the syndicated comedy Seinfeld available to broadcast stations in high-definition for the first time. HD episodes of the long-running sitcom will be ready to air on stations beginning Jan. 26.


Sony will back the move to HD with a massive promotional push featuring new digitally enhanced HD promos. Sony will supply stations with four episodic hi-def promos for each of the 180 episodes, or 720 in all. SPT has also created a complete HD graphics package it will supply to stations to assist them in creating their own local promos, as well as sales presentations.


Actor John O'Hurley, who played J. Peterman on the show, has voiced some of the promos. This marks the fourth set of episodic promotions in all for Seinfeld, but the first in HD.


SPT execs will work with stations through advisory boards, attempting to keep the sitcom fresh to offset the fact that it's in its 13th year in syndication. Rating erosion is common at this stage.


Seinfeld is the greatest television show ever, says John Weiser, SPT's president of distribution. The time is right to deliver the show in hi-def and continue our efforts to introduce Seinfeld to a new generation of viewers. Now the quality of the broadcast will match the quality of the content.


Seinfeld is the third off-net sitcom to be made available to stations in HD. Warner Bros. has made Two and a Half Men available to stations in HD since its premiere, while CBS Television Distribution started making Everybody Loves Raymond available to stations in HD last March.


Other syndicated programming is offered in HD, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen DeGeneres, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!But it's expensive for stations to download, and until recently few did. Just 40 stations were carrying Two and a Half Men in HD last summer. But more stations in the top 75 to 100 markets are completing installation of Pathfire systems that will make handling syndication HD easier.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6625774.html
 

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TBSHD has been running Seinfeld in HD for months.

Yea and they look pretty nice if you can wade thru all the onscreen promo's. TBS wrecked them...


Anyone know if the new HD Seinfeld be 16x9 or 4x3 ?...
 

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Fox Television Stations seems to be the biggest owner of broadcast rights for these episodes (WNYW, KCOP, WFLD, WTXF, KDFI, WDCA, WFXT, WJBK, KSAZ, KMSP, WUTB, WHBQ, KTBC, and WOGX all air the show currently). Any word if they have the necessary equipment to show in HD?
 

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Unless it's shot in widescreen and shown in at least 16:9 I don't consider it HD no matter what marketing spin they use. It's just cleaner 4:3 SD.
 

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VisionOn, do you consider bluray versions of old Academy Aspect Ratio films to be HD? By your stated standards, they're not HD. Too bad for you, because HD content that preserves OAR is about the best we have to view right now.
 

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I agree. Most people couldn't tell a program was HD if it wasn't 16:9.


As far a TBSHD showing Hi-def episodes, I bet they've just been stretching the standard-def.
 

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No, TBS has been showing Seinfeld in HD. It is cropped just like TNT's presentation of early seasons of Law & Order.


Both series were originally shot on film.
 

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As far a TBSHD showing Hi-def episodes, I bet they've just been stretching the standard-def.

Wrong.
 

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'Seinfeld' to Debut In HD

Sony Pictures Television to unveil plan at CES, will offer Seinfeld episodes in high-def beginning Jan. 26.

As noted, it's been on TBS HD for months and months. This is for local syndication. Topic title changed.
 

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VisionOn, do you consider bluray versions of old Academy Aspect Ratio films to be HD? By your stated standards, they're not HD. Too bad for you, because HD content that preserves OAR is about the best we have to view right now.

Nope. It's not HD, it's just cleaner film transfer. It's bad enough that we've had the "standard" of HD being distorted literally for years by channels stretching 4:3 without this attempt to redefine it again to cover anything that's just been cleaned up and remastered.


It's like the wave of everything on the market that got tagged with HD because it was a buzz phrase.


It's the equivalent of taking a mono audio track, cleaning and remastering the single channel of audio and then feeding the same channel through every speaker and calling it Dolby Digital 5.1. Just because the audio got cleaned up with modern equipment doesn't make it what it never was.
 

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Fox Television Stations seems to be the biggest owner of broadcast rights for these episodes (WNYW, KCOP, WFLD, WTXF, KDFI, WDCA, WFXT, WJBK, KSAZ, KMSP, WUTB, WHBQ, KTBC, and WOGX all air the show currently). Any word if they have the necessary equipment to show in HD?

WUTB and WDCA have syndicated HD.
 

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yea tbs just zooms in & chops off the ends....like when tnt shows the star wars movies and does the same thing....if they arent gonna show the exact picture its not really HD to me.


OAR !!!
 

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A little more in depth discussion, albeit an OLD one, about the film transfer aspect ratio from the old Seinfeld in HD on TBS HD thread.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post14638311

I read that when the original argument started and it still doesn't fly. Call it a high resolution transfer or remastered transfer but don't call it HD. If the OAR isn't widescreen it's either cropped to fit aspect or 4:3 aspect. But don't call it HD because right now that title is becoming completely meaningless as a standard of broadcasting.


We may as well start making 4:3 HD sets for everything in 4:3 that's been cleaned up. Why not? Since people are throwing around the phrase HD everywhere and sticking it on everything without any guidelines then we might as well remove all expectations about picture presentation.


Gilmore Girls is currently showing on ABC Family HD in 4:3, so I guess that's fine and also HD content, since the original was shot at 4:3 and it's currently being shown on a channel that has HD in the name. That seems to be the only qualification needed to be considered HD by marketing departments. Picture quality is irrelevant since the audience wouldn't be able to tell the difference anyway.


Why not scan an old 4:3 35mm print and blow it up and drop it into an IMAX film cell? That would make it a real IMAX movie too! Who cares if it wasn't actually filmed with IMAX cameras if the end result has the name on it?
 

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Too bad my local Fox station WRLH (Richmond) has ancient equipment that seems incapable of showing anything in HD (except for Fox national passthrough). ACC Football games produced in HD are still shown here in SD
 

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It's the equivalent of taking a mono audio track, cleaning and remastering the single channel of audio and then feeding the same channel through every speaker and calling it Dolby Digital 5.1. Just because the audio got cleaned up with modern equipment doesn't make it what it never was.

Your analogy is completely wrong. Film is higher resolution than the HDTV standard. Mono has fewer channels than Dolby 5.1. You're incorrectly asserting that upconverted content is the same as remastered content, when that couldn't be further from the truth.

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yea tbs just zooms in & chops off the ends....like when tnt shows the star wars movies and does the same thing....if they arent gonna show the exact picture its not really HD to me.


OAR !!!

OAR has nothing to do with HDTV. And TBS didn't do anything. Sony went back to the original film and re-cut the entire series.
 
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