Only 5 More Hours

February 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

I’m pretty psyched up to watch the Superbowl on our new Panasonic PTAE2000U projector. Since we’ve finished our media room, we’ve really noticed the improved quality of the image over our old Sony HS10 when watching quality HDTV.

I stress the word quality because it is clear not all HD is created equal and the projector is making that so very obvious. I’m starting to suspect ALOT of stuff (possibly as high as a third of all our HD channels!) broadcast in HD resolution was originally ‘filmed’ in SDTV and simply digitally interpolated. And probably another quarter of all content is a poorly digitized transfer of film — if they’d just use a higher quality tool to do this, all those old TV shows could look awesome in HD. Although I guess the problem could be the degradation of the film, or original low quality of the TV show film — they probably did cut a few corners. Anyway, I digress. All this content looks like crap on our 120″ 1080p-native-resolution picture!

This lower quality problem was so clearly true of most of the CBS football games we got here in Austin this season. 🙁  It should be criminal for our local CBS affiliate to put on the schedule that a game would be broadcast in HD, then show one of these poorly upscaled, SDTV quality experiences in its place.   I’d rather they not scale it and just broadcast it in SD!

However, I have faith that FOX will be pulling out all the stops to have a high quality, pure HD, signal path from the cameras all the way through to my TV. Past superbowls have certainly looked awesome, and I’m expecting nothing less this year.

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