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No Super Bowl in HD in Columbus Sunday!


Hating the environment since 1994
  • Was listening to the radio this morning and they said that the Super Bowl wouldn't be aired in HD this Sunday b/c Sinclair Broadcasting who owns WSYX and WTTE here in Columbus wants compensated for airing the HD signal. All of local stations carry HD free of charge. Another case of Sinclair being greedy.

    Hope none of you were hoping to watch the game on your new HDTV.
    gbearbuck said:
    I think the satelight folks will still get it in HD format... the cable folks don't get Fox on HD (at least the Time Warner Cable folks... don't know about the other cable providers).
    The lady said that satellite TV wouldn't get the HD signal either.
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    Thump said:
    The lady said that satellite TV wouldn't get the HD signal either.
    Sattelite owners that have the HD package also get a Fox HD channel with that package. It's always on for me, even when the local station is not broadcasting in HD. I would be very surprised if DTV would block that channel only for the Columbus area during the Super Bowl, especially since Fox & DTV are both owned by Rupert Murdoch.

    Regardless, I live in Cleveland so I shouldn't have an issue.
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    BrutuStrength said:
    especially since Fox & DTV are both owned by Rupert Murdoch.

    Regardless, I live in Cleveland so I shouldn't have an issue.
    If that's the case then why doesn't Fox trump Sinclair and air the signal since it's their station?
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    What I would do, if I had an HDTV, is just go to Best Buy and either
    a. if your TV has a built in tuner, just buy an antenna.
    b. if your TV doesn't have a tuner, smack down the $300, then just return it Monday.
    Both ABC and FOX in Columbus are broadcast in HD free over the air.
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    speaking of TV's....Samsung has a 56 inch plasma coming out.

    Want a Huge TV? Your Wallet Says to Wait
    <!-- IMAGE -->January 28, 2005 9:59 PM EST
    SAN DIEGO - Even if you take all your friends to a sports bar on Super Bowl Sunday and even if you pay for every beer, you'll likely spend thousands less than you would have if you bought yourself a new ultra-thin, high-definition television. And you won't have to kick yourself as you watch the price of those TVs fall.

    Even Doug Zenz, a Newport Beach, Calif., mortgage banker who dropped $5,400 last month on a 50-inch Sony plasma television knows his new toy can only get cheaper.

    "Most people cannot afford five or seven thousand dollars for a TV set," said Zenz. "It's like all new technology: the first people to jump in pay top dollar."

    New factories and improved manufacturing techniques are expected to contribute to significant price declines this year. Exactly how much depends on whom you ask.

    The price of liquid-crystal display TVs fell between 30 percent and 50 percent last year - with the larger screens dropping more - a decline that will likely be repeated in 2005, said Douglas Woo, president of Westinghouse Digital Electronics LLC.

    Westinghouse introduced a 27-inch liquid crystal display TV for $2,499 last January. It sells for $1,299 today.

    A 37-inch liquid crystal display TV that cost $7,000 a year ago now sells for about $3,000, said Sean Wargo, director of industry analysis at the Consumer Electronics Association, the Arlington Va., manufacturers trade group.

    He expects prices for liquid-crystal display sets to drop around 40 percent this year.

    As the TVs shrink in price, they are growing in screen size. Sharp Corp., the world's biggest supplier of liquid crystal display TVs, said this month it will invest $1.45 billion to build a Japanese plant designed to produce panels 40 inches and larger by October 2006.

    Sharp showed off a 65-inch liquid crystal display TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month (availability and price were not announced), while Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled a 57-inch model (available in June for $15,999) - the length of a standard pool cue.

    Liquid crystal displays, which are also used in notebook computers as well as, increasingly, desktop monitors, still cost far more per-inch than plasma television, the main rival flat-panel technology. Higher manufacturing costs are the reason.

    But Michael Heiss, a consumer electronics consultant in Los Angeles, says liquid-crystal display prices will keep falling after prices for plasmas tumbled last year.

    Plasma TVs, which use a charged gas to illuminate pixels on the screen, are expected to cost an average of $2,485 this year, down from $4,649 in 2003, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

    Ken Cranes Home Entertainment Inc., a chain of eight stores in Southern California, cut the price of its lowest-priced 42-inch high-definition plasma TV to $3,500 from $4,400 earlier this month. The lowest price a year ago was about $7,000.

    For some who can't wait for prices to drop on super-thin TVs, high-definition, rear-projection televisions are gaining ground. Many run on Texas Instruments Inc.'s digital light processors - which carry hundreds of thousands of tiny mirrors that flip up to five thousand times a second.

    Rear projection sets built with digital light processors are about 15 to 20 inches thick - much too bulky to hang on a wall - but start at around $2,500. Rich Templeton, Texas Instruments' chief executive officer, said this month that TI was working with manufacturers to drive down prices to $1,000.

    Austin Hill, a 26-year-old cable network engineer, spent more than $5,200 last weekend on a 50-inch Pioneer plasma at a Best Buy store in San Diego.

    Brent Morton, 39, and Keith Dodson, 38, were more patient. They have been watching prices closely to replace the 1989 television in their living room. The two were looking at 42-inch high-definition plasmas, which started at $4,000.

    Morton said the emergence of other technologies - such as digital light processors - makes him wonder if something newer and better might come along if he waits.

    "To spend $4,000 on a television is just nuts," said Dodson.

    "Give me one of these for $2,000 and I'll walk away with it," Morton said.

    The two left the store having paid less than $50 for a DVD player.

    They're sticking for now with that 1989 cathode-ray tube set - the technology that's dominated the industry since the 1930s.
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    Pretty much your only option is to lay down a couple hundred and get an HD Antenna. MAYBE this will make Time Warner take their heads out of their asses and strike a deal with FOX to get HD.

    My dad got a 50" Sony LCD rear-projection HDTV the year I left for OSU (figures). The TV is just fucking spectacular, as soon as I step into the living room the first thing I do when I visit home is turn this thing on and bask in its warming glowy warmth for about a half hour to get my HDTV fix. Football and basketball are by far the best sports to watch in HD (and hockey before the lockout). I think the only reason why I came home one weekend was to watch the playoffs.

    For those of you shopping for HDTV's and are overwhelmed with the technology that's available, its best to stick with technology that is proven and has been used for decades. LCD rear-projection, DLP, and CRT HDTV's are your best bet (assuming you have the space for them). IMO, they have the best clarity and brightness (especially Sony's LCD-rear projection). I really would not lay down the cash for a plasma screen, this technology is flawed in that it has a short lifespan (about 5 years before the screen starts to fade or burnout). Also it'll be vastly obsolete compared to what is coming out in the next few years. Samsung is the leader in next-gen HDTV research and the things they've been coming out are phenomenal. Check out samsungs OLED (organic LED) TV here. And their even more radical technology, their field emission diode TV here.
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