Obama's infomercial 10/29/2008

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by dcstager, Oct 30, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

    591
    9
    Feb 16, 2002
    Skagit...

    Advertisements

    I don't want to talk politics. I wanted to know if any market broadcast this in High Definition. All three networks in my area broadcast the program in letterboxed 4:3 on the High Definition channel. WTF? He spent millions on it and I can't believe it was just SD or couldn't distribute it in HD.

    But maybe it was just my market... Did anyone get it in HD?
     
  2. pjenkins

    pjenkins God bless Texas :)

    7,886
    0
    Mar 8, 1999
    Plano, TX, USA
    it wasn't in HD, no.
     
  3. markb

    markb Well-Known Member

    1,824
    357
    Jul 24, 2002
    San Diego
    I've seen a bunch of other Obama ads in HD. Interesting that this one was not.
     
  4. MickeS

    MickeS Well-Known Member

    25,986
    25
    Dec 26, 2002
    It was the same here, window-boxed, up-converted on both stations I checked. My guess is that it was shipped to the stations as letterboxed 4:3.

    Pretty weird.
     
  5. 5thcrewman

    5thcrewman Active Member

    14,145
    1
    Sep 22, 2003
    NW

    Advertisements

    How can he be for change if he clings to his 4s and 3s? :rolleyes:
     
  6. sean67854

    sean67854 Why?

    3,629
    5
    Jul 11, 2001
    Wouldn't...
    Maybe he's just bitter about HD.
     
  7. Steve_Martin

    Steve_Martin Grandminion

    5,776
    0
    Jul 18, 2004
    Orange...
    Clearly, you're a ratio-ist.


    :D
     
  8. ozzman73

    ozzman73 Home Made

    1,349
    69
    Nov 27, 2006
    4:3 is a more even distribution. No plumbers were affected by this choice
     
  9. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    11,700
    1,247
    Jan 29, 2001
    Sherman...
    He spent millions to buy the time from the networks to broadcast it -- I'm not sure how much money went into the production. (I didn't even watch. I'll wait to see excerpts on "The Daily Show" tonight. :D )
     
  10. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    5,378
    1
    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    It seemed to be very professionally done and surprizingly enough it was not boring.
     
  11. bottomsup

    bottomsup New Member

    58
    0
    Mar 3, 2006
    Thank you both for that. Bad night, so just...thanks:)
     
  12. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    32,353
    1,948
    Mar 27, 2001
    East...
    Wasn't boring, but the content was nothing new, either. I was hoping he would introduce us to "Moe the Electrician".
     
  13. Jesda

    Jesda CAPTAIN AWESOME

    12,582
    0
    Feb 12, 2005
    DETROIT!
    I didn't get it.
     
  14. LifeIsABeach

    LifeIsABeach Active Member

    2,360
    2
    Feb 28, 2001
    Drexel Hill, PA
    This was even more disappointing than the Segway. I thought the infomercial was going to introduce us to the next generation of ginsu knives.
     
  15. Sapphire

    Sapphire Xtal substance

    44,133
    837
    Sep 9, 2002
    USA
    With 4:3 he's just spreading the wealth around
     
  16. Playloud

    Playloud Member

    103
    0
    Jan 6, 2008
    I thought he wanted to bring the top and bottom closer together. Surely 16x9 represents this better. :cool:
     
  17. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    34,759
    302
    Feb 5, 2003
    NYC
    I was expecting to see this guy

    [​IMG]
     
  18. TivoFan

    TivoFan Member

    593
    0
    Feb 22, 2000
    Northampton, MA
    It did very well in the ratings. 33.5 viewers, not only the top watched show, it outperformed the regularly scheduled shows it replaced as well.
     
  19. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    59,055
    4,495
    Apr 16, 2003
    Arizona
    When it's airing on multiple networks at the same time, and most of the regular programming is preempted, it's not hard to garner those kinds of ratings. In fact, that's actually much lower than the numbers that watched the debates.
     
  20. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    31,945
    6,753
    Feb 27, 2005
    PA
    Most of the regular programming wasn't preempted, unless you have an antenna and get 4 or 5 channels.

    It outperformed the regularly scheduled shows that it replaced. This means that even people who normally watch a show that wasn't preempted elected to tune into the Obama broadcast instead. It wasn't a forced audience as you imply.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

spam firewall

Advertisements