Why isn't (insert name of show) in HD?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by EvilMidniteBombr, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001


    I wonder if they render them in HD then downconvert or if they just re-render them in HD for HDNet
  2. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Jimmy Kimmel
    Craig Ferguson
  3. EMoMoney

    EMoMoney Big and Tall

    Oct 30, 2001
    That's different than the show itself not being filmed/broadcast in HD. DirecTV just doesn't carry AMCHD yet.
  4. atrac

    atrac New Member

    Feb 27, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I went to a taping of The Bonnie Hunt Show last week and it was clearly being recorded in HD -- all of the LCD monitors above the audience were showing the live feed in HD.

    So I know for sure it is being recorded in HD; as to why it's not being transmitted that way is a mystery to me.
  5. gossamer88

    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx


    Good call on Jimmy Kimmel. :up::up:
  6. EMoMoney

    EMoMoney Big and Tall

    Oct 30, 2001
    Only your local affiliate could answer that question.
  7. smak

    smak TV MA SLV

    Feb 11, 2000
    NoHo, CA USA
    Aren't all network non reality shows in HD except Scrubs and animation. Been like that for a bunch of years. Cable will get their eventually.

  8. Sirius Black

    Sirius Black Grey Warden Reject

    Dec 26, 2001
    A City by...
    I think the argument for TAR is not the bulk or expense of the equipment but the post-production editing expense. Apparently that requires a better than what they have for the show now editing bay. I find that hard to swallow but that's the argument I've heard used here many times.
  9. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    And late night talk shows.
  10. Einselen

    Einselen ɹǝsn pǝɹǝʇsıƃǝɹ

    Apr 25, 2006
    You do have to upgrade all the monitors and cables to edit HD. I know a TV station in Tampa spent about 1 million to upgrade to do local news in HD and it cost around $1 million.

    Source: http://www.engadgethd.com/2007/08/30/what-it-takes-to-produce-an-hd-newscast/
  11. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    West St....
    I know this will be dismissed by Letterman and Ferguson fans, but the Tonight Show and Conan have been broadcast in HD for quite a while now.

    And I just knew by the thread title that this would wind up just being another one of many threads debating why TAR can/cannot be done in HD. I didn't realize how tiresome that discussion has become. :thumbsdown:
  12. visionary

    visionary HAVE BRAIN WILL USE!

    May 31, 2006
    Norfolk Va.
    There is no excuse at all for all not to be HD, it is going to destroy the future re-run market, and I saw same thing before when we went to color in 1968 too, suddenly old B&W shows like Lassie that were timeless in story----disappeared forever. These idiot producers are destroying their own future earnings from these programs!!
  13. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    The fact is, most TV shows are not made by the networks, but by individual production companies. It's THEIR decision whether to spend the millions on upgraded equipment or not.

    Also, local affilliates decide if or what will be broadcast in HD. Smaller local stations may not have the money to upgrade (I know the local CBS station around here is still all SD).

    The digital switchover will change that as the small stations are being forced to upgrade and there is no point in NOT going HD.
  14. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    Yeah, a whopping 4 out of 30+ posts specifically addressing TAR. So very tiresome. /sarcasm :rolleyes:
  15. jeff125va

    jeff125va New Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    Ashburn, VA USA
    Yeah, Leno was one of the few shows on in HD when I got my first HD receiver - 2002/2003 maybe?

    I don't watch TAR so I haven't followed such debates, but are they basically the same reasons that Survivor couldn't be done in HD? Cost, location, etc. are why everyone always said that Survivor couldn't be done in HD.
  16. HoldenBanky

    HoldenBanky Insert witty remark

    Oct 25, 2006
    I don't watch all that often but I am pretty sure Letterman is in HD.

    I can't think of any shows I watch that are not in HD now with the exception of Family Guy. I don't believe it is known if Scrubs is going to HD with the ABC move.
  17. Fish Man

    Fish Man Phish Food

    Mar 4, 2002
    0.7 miles...
    Bulky? Unwieldy?

    COPS is shot on HDCAM

    The cameras are about the same size and weight as the SD ones they used to use and the native resolution is 1920×1080. Which FOX, downconverts to 720p (1280x720) for broadcast.

    My local FOX and ABC affiliate news videographers carry HDCAM cameras in the field as well.

    Trivia Nugget:

    The A&E Drama "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" has the distinction of being the first TV drama shot with HDCAM cameras. Although it's a format targeted at news crews, the producers of "Nero Wolfe" found it to be a fabulous dirt-cheap way to go HD.

    Sadly, A&E never actually delivered the show to us in HD (as some foreign networks that showed it did).
  18. Fish Man

    Fish Man Phish Food

    Mar 4, 2002
    0.7 miles...
    It is.

    For about 4 years now.
  19. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Right. I didn't say that all talk shows were in SD, just that they're not all in HD. Just like all reality shows aren't in SD...
  20. needo

    needo New Member

    Jul 9, 2003
    I don't understand why a show is filmed in HD but then released on DVD and not Blu Ray. *cough* The Office, House, Bones *cough*

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