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Tdf HD for real, I have seen it.

Old 07-02-09, 08:35 PM
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Tdf HD for real, I have seen it.

I just watched the Tour Preview on Versus HD - in full 1080p HD.

Oh man oh man. They weren't kidding. Full HD Tour coverage. I'm going to enjoy every bit of this. My 40" Samsung LCD with Cablevision DVR is already programmed. I will be recovering from my Fred rides in Endorphic Bliss watching the Tour in HD. It will be like Bike Weenie Sex on the Beach.
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Wha? What cable company is broadcasting in 1080p? Not 1080i?
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Also... I can't F'ing wait for Saturday. The 12 hours of HD coverage daily will obliterate everything else on the DVR. Bye bye Backyardigans...
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Wha? What cable company is broadcasting in 1080p? Not 1080i?
1080 whatever. It looks very, very high def. Versus actually sprang for the pricey Sony cameras.
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Yeah, but it's no good if you're just watching hi-def advertising 70% of the time as you'll do on Versus.

And it's not Versus doing the filming.

It was sweet having the Giro on Universal Sports - first time I'd ever seen cycling on US terrestrial TV.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
1080 whatever. It looks very, very high def. Versus actually sprang for the pricey Sony cameras.
crapton difference between 1080i and 1080p old man
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108" of 1080 is going to be glorious... it will almost be life size.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
1080 whatever. It looks very, very high def. Versus actually sprang for the pricey Sony cameras.
+1 220-221!!! Whatever the eff it takes
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HD or not... is VS. going to cut back on the number of commercial breaks???? ugh. If not, online I go!
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I DVR the early broadcast and then watch it in the evening when I can skip the ads. I just upgraded to VS-HD today...
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HD or not... is VS. going to cut back on the number of commercial breaks???? ugh. If not, online I go!
Oh yes, because we would hate it if they actually had to pay Phil and Paul.

I get excited when I see more mainstream and larger company commercials during the Tour. The better the sponsors paying for ads during the tour, the better coverage there will be and the more capable they will be to bring it to us for years to come. Hell, I even make sure I buy some of those products and make sure the companies know it. For instance Mitchum showed lots of ads one year so I tried it just because they helped bring us cycling on TV - and its the best pitstick I've ever used. Hampton Hotels - for general well priced lodging all over the country they are usually exceptional.
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Originally Posted by Treefox View Post
Yeah, but it's no good if you're just watching hi-def advertising 70% of the time as you'll do on Versus.

And it's not Versus doing the filming.


It was sweet having the Giro on Universal Sports - first time I'd ever seen cycling on US terrestrial TV.
I loved that - AND I hope it will prove to have been a tipping point for US cycling broadcasts.
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Originally Posted by Tsuru View Post
HD or not... is VS. going to cut back on the number of commercial breaks???? ugh. If not, online I go!
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I know it's hard to keep up with all this newfangled high tech wizardry they keep throwing your way, but try, won't you?
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Originally Posted by Pugsly View Post
I loved that - AND I hope it will prove to have been a tipping point for US cycling broadcasts.
Versus has been broadcasting international cycling for a few years now...
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
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i know it's hard to keep up with all this newfangled high tech wizardry they keep throwing your way, but try, won't you?
+1
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Originally Posted by tubescreamerx View Post
Versus has been broadcasting international cycling for a few years now...
yes, I know that. They also broadcast bullfighting. and World Extreme Cagefighting. and Mixed Martial Arts.

The point that was made, and that I agreed with, was how nice it was that the Giro was broadcast over the air. What was your point?
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Look for track marks on Armstong's leg now?
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I am lucky I guess in that I have had VS both in regular and HD for a couple of years. The difference is pretty big in terms of quality. Now, where it really shines is when you play the F1 races through the surround sound system, in a dark room, on my 61" plasma. That IS sweet stuff. I am looking forward to tomorrow too, although I think the 12+ hr/day of broadcast is simply way too freaking much. I would gladly give up 2/3 of it in order for them to broadcast the Giro and the Vuelta or any other good race for that matter. 12 Hr of the tour on VS will basically be 11 Hr of Lance talk, 50 min of commercials, and 10 min of the actual race.
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F all of you! I'll just go for a ride instead.
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cycling.tv

not hi-def, but I'm at the office during the stages anyways.
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Originally Posted by bigfred View Post
F all of you! I'll just go for a ride instead.
Well, we agree on something.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
cycling.tv

not hi-def, but I'm at the office during the stages anyways.
+1

If only they could work out their mac issues...
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You've seen what? The TDF has even not started.


Versus content may be in HD, but will the French TV feed be in HD? It's never been before. Versus has no say in what is fed to them. I guess you'll find out Saturday AM.

HD Channel content(lack of) is currently the biggest rip off of pay TV. You pay for a full HD channel, but how much of it is in HD?

I for one don't miss VS. The commercials, the theme music. . . oh god that theme music every 8 minutes. I'd take commercial free in SD online any day of the week.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
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I know it's hard to keep up with all this newfangled high tech wizardry they keep throwing your way, but try, won't you?
So, your new fangled technology is to record the live broadcast, then watch it later, keeping the hand on the remote to fast forward through the infinite & often commercials??? Wow... the future is amazing!!!

Kinda reminds me of when I was a kid and would record the radio on my boombox then listen to the show again, fastforwarding to my favourite songs. That was what? 1980-something?

ORRRRRRRRR.........

I LEAVE the television in the 20th century and watch it on this new crazy thing called "streaming video" on the intertubal stooper highways! I don't even have to listen to Phil and Paul's "indepth analysis" as they jerk it over Lance and the other American riders.
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Originally Posted by Treefox View Post
It was sweet having the Giro on Universal Sports - first time I'd ever seen cycling on US terrestrial TV.
I enjoyed that too. The Gear Guy'd sections made me laugh though -- I'd never seen ads that specifically targeted Freds and posers before.
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