[opendtv] HD phobia in the Frozen North

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 14:17:41 -0500

I thought the cost of producing HD was around 2 percent more than SD?

In any case,

"In their new book, Canadian Television Today, Beaty and Sullivan argue
that dissatisfaction over image quality is not sufficient among Canadian
television viewers to risk compromising the country's cultural integrity
by 'colluding' with the US on making HDTV prevalent."

is difficult to parse. If Canucks are satisfied with SD for the moment,
no problem. If they are not happy with SD, then moving to HD would be a
matter of enlightened self-interest. Nothing to do with "collusion."

If people all over the world adopt blue jeans, Coka Cola, rap music, and
HDTV, I don't think it is reasonable to conclude that this is evidence
of collusion or of some sort of master imperialistic plan.

Maybe we should ask Hugo Chavez for his take no the subject.

Bert

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http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/news.php?class=countries&subclass=0&id=2098

HDTV 'threatening Canadian culture'

The adoption of high-definition television (HDTV) in Canada could lead
to an undermining of the nation's cultural heritage, two academics have
warned.

Professors Bart Beaty and Rebecca Sullivan of the University of Calgary
have claimed that traditional programming is threatened by the rise of
HDTV, as Canadian broadcasters are ignored in favour of larger US
television companies better equipped to produce high-definition shows.

In their new book, Canadian Television Today, Beaty and Sullivan argue
that dissatisfaction over image quality is not sufficient among Canadian
television viewers to risk compromising the country's cultural integrity
by 'colluding' with the US on making HDTV prevalent.

Meanwhile, the president of leading Canadian broadcaster CBC, Robert
Rabinovich, has complained that his company and its rivals are being
forced to foot the bill for the adoption of high-definition TV without a
sound business plan.

He said that CBC is happy for programme makers to shoot in HD, but the
television group will not cover additional costs incurred by the
burgeoning format because advertisers are not prepared to pay extra to
place commercials within shows with improved resolution.

Lovelace Consulting  30.11.2006
 
 
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