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Old 07-07-11, 07:27 PM   #1
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Versus HD?

For those of u who are watching the Tour on versus cable, are you getting real High Definition broadcast? Can u see very rash and scratch in all the gory details? How is the HD quality am asking.
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Old 07-08-11, 08:24 AM   #2
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I've had HD for a while now. Surprising on how quickly you get used to it. I really don't tell myself how great it looks... I expect it now (I know, spoiled brat).

They don't much time looking at wounds, but more on scenic views. But it still looks great.
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Old 07-08-11, 09:15 AM   #3
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... I expect it now (I know, spoiled brat)...
No…not a brat…rather you deserve to see what your eyes and brain can better interpret for you.

OP; HD, hands down. You can’t go back. I have the newer XF HD boxes with my Comcast service and am always on the higher HD service.

Seeing the nose of the peloton coming right at you while able to identify that spec on lip of Christian Vande Velde is actually a lone whole oat remnant from something he ate earlier is the clarity I want (but for reasons other than what on the lips of riders )

Counting clusters and actual teeth on climbs or the ability to identify the type of brake pads being used meets the level of viewing that holds my time and interest.

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Looks solid to me, quality of a HD MLB broadcast? no. But remember, all the cam gear they use if wireless, on shoulder setups. They don't have hardlined massive cams on gyro mounts to film a bike race across the french country side.

So is it tru HD? Yes.
Is it HQ HD? No.

HiDefinition being the broadcast of pixels @ 1100+
You can still have dick quality with a ton of pixels
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Old 07-10-11, 07:54 PM   #5
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Is it HQ HD? No.
You are probly right. I watched the NBC HD broadcast on stage1/2, a re-trans of versus and I wasn't exactly blown away. After getting my HDTV recently, one day I happened to tune in NASCAR, man! I was mesmerized by their HD, and it was *only* 720p and am not even a nascar fan.
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It looks good. The picture quality is not quite as good as the Tour of California coverage was, which was amazing, but I don't have any complaints.
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To me the Tour video quality on Versus doesn't seem to be as brilliant as the Paris-Roubaix broadcast from earlier this year. I would think that because they're both from French TV it would be the same. Or I could just be imagining things. It's still very good and blows away Universal Sports or watching an online stream.

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Old 07-10-11, 09:16 PM   #8
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The bonus of the HD is stuff like a crash in the big field. They will replay it and if the rider is on the edge in HD it barely shows up on the edge of non HD or not at all. Happened today in a crash (no spoiler). I have them both and on HD you can see the rider go down and then switch to non HD and you just see the edge of the Peleton.
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Once you've seen the Tour in HD on a big tv there is no going back. Sometimes it feels like IMAX.
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Old 07-11-11, 09:24 AM   #10
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I had a really hard time watching the Giro in low def, simply because I'm used to the quality in Versus. Watching the Giro made me think I was watching TV back in the 50's again.
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