At first, the show was full screen (probably HD though looked like an up-convert) then the screen went blank now it's a SD up-convert. I called the station, however all I could do is leave a message for the engineer who was not in at the time.
When I first tuned in, we looked to be getting the analog feed. A bit later the HD feed arrived. The portions with the HD cameras really show the beauty of Churchill Downs. Fabulous weather for the race.
Very dissapointing. NBC could have done alot better for an event like this. Seemed that there were only 3 or 4 HD cmaeras that were utilized infrequently. You would think they would at least have had the trophy presentation in HD.
Are you guys asleep?? In the first 1/2 hour there was only about 20% of the broadcast in HD. All SD stuff boxed or stretched
In my area, up-converted SD signals on my local NBC station means that we get about a 14 or 15x9 STRETCHED picture WITH blue bars on the sides. Sometimes these blue bars may not be showing during up-converted SD signals (mostly due to errors) however I can tell the difference between stretched 15x9 and a OAR 4:3 signal.
When the Kentucky Derby started, the screen was a full 16x9 however it looked as it was an up-convert (not good at all with some jaggies). Then about a moment into the show, the screen went black for about 15 seconds and when the video returned, all we got was the standard 15x9 stretched picture as if it was a SD up-convert of the analog signal. (This sometimes happens during the Jay Leno Show) when there is a mess up.
Later our station finally switched back to the digital feed from NBC and I could tell the difference even from the SD camera shots.
Except for the mess up from the start from my local NBC, I felt that at least a couple more HD cameras could have been used along with some HD replay.
If I didn't love this particular horse race, I would have given up on NBC's coverage long before the start. I would guess there were at most, five HD cameras at this event and it showed. Even some of the HD shots were blurred and/or pixelized.
I believe that I am being spoiled by CBS' and NBA-TV's HD sports productions and simply have no tolerance for this type of third rate effort. I wonder why NBC has chosen such a half hearted approach to their HD content?
Yes the 10% that was obviously done with HD cameras was stunning. The other 90% was terrible looking, and locally we also had to suffer losing the signal about every 10 seconds. It was a complete fiasco.
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