[opendtv] Re: 20040722 Thundering Thursday Thanks (Mark's Mon day Memo)

  • From: Eory Frank-p22212 <Frank.Eory@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 13:56:47 -0700

>From: Keith Jack <Keith_Jack@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 
>To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 12:43:26 -0700 
>There are many local stations that already pull bit rate from HD program in
>order to include a SD version and/or to send data. Did anyone notice when it

I certainly notice! Our local ABC affiliate multicasts 1 HD + 1 SD program 
(ironically, the same program) and our PBS affiliate also does 1 HD + 1 SD 
(different programs). I don't have access to the original full bitrate HD 
streams, so I can't do an A/B comparison.

But I can definitely see that ABC HD and PBS HD don't look nearly as good as 
CBS, Discovery  or any of the other HD channels I get.

Perhaps more to the point, even my wife and kids notice this. They don't work 
in this business and haven't spent countless hours examining video as I have. 
Untrained viewers DO see the difference!

Of course, content rules. But all other things being equal, they (and I) would 
rather watch the prettiest pictures than the "pseudo-HD."

-- Frank 
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