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Old April 16th, 2005, 01:32 PM   #1
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HDV and TV stations

I was at a video conference the other day and the Sony rep said TV stations around the country were embracing the HDV format by purchasing HDV cameras.

Does anyone know which TV stations have purchased HDV equipment?
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all of them. *smile*

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Old April 17th, 2005, 11:30 AM   #3
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HDV and TV stations

Particularly I wanted to know which TV stations has purchased the Z-1 and related HDV equipment. I was at at small video conference about 3 weeks ago and a Sony rep said that TV stations were embracing the HDV format.
I just wanted to know which stations were they ????

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Old April 17th, 2005, 02:06 PM   #4
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I would also like to know, Augusto, since most stations in the country aren't broadcasting in HD, so why bother with HDV cameras?

I think that Sony rep may be guilty of what is called "hyperbole," at least, and maybe BS at worst. That's not to say that he won't be correct at some time in the future. But today?

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Old April 17th, 2005, 02:43 PM   #5
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TV station and HDV

There are many stations who have embraced the HDV format and all I want to know which ones they are. I dont care if there are or not stations broadcasting in HD.

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I would also like to know, Augusto, since most stations in the country aren't broadcasting in HD, so why bother with HDV cameras?

I think that Sony rep may be guilty of what is called "hyperbole," at least, and maybe BS at worst. That's not to say that he won't be correct at some time in the future. But today?

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Old April 17th, 2005, 02:58 PM   #6
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Contact Val Reynolds, one of the top Sony sales execs.
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Old April 17th, 2005, 03:48 PM   #7
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Wayne I found your comment very relevant.

The company I work for now sells content to HDNet who has approved HDV for insert shots though not for use full time on a show. (have to keeps using the HD-CAM's for that. But that's satallite, not over the air broadcast so I'm not sure if it's entirely relevant or not either.
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Old April 17th, 2005, 04:15 PM   #8
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Most stations do broadcast digitally now (or, at least, digital broadcasts are available throughout the country). Digital does not necessarily mean high-def... I don't know how many stations may be originating their own high-def broadcasts, I'm sure that's a very much smaller number than the number of stations that are relaying network high-def boradcasts.
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There are about 1400 US TV stations that are now doing some digital programming http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/d...TVStations.asp

About 840 US stations are "HD capable"

Here is a list of active broadcasters http://www.hdtv.net/stations.htm

Here is another http://www.hdpictures.com/stations.htm
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Old April 17th, 2005, 09:44 PM   #11
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Take a deep breath, back away from the keyboard, follow the links Mr. Wiley has graciously provided you and then give us an update on what you've found.
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Old April 17th, 2005, 10:00 PM   #12
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so if stations now have HDV cameras are they brodcasting HDV signal? if so using what decks?
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Old April 17th, 2005, 11:33 PM   #13
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There are about 1400 US TV stations that are now doing some digital programming http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/d...TVStations.asp

About 840 US stations are "HD capable"

Here is a list of active broadcasters http://www.hdtv.net/stations.htm

Here is another http://www.hdpictures.com/stations.htm
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Old May 7th, 2005, 08:47 AM   #14
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It bears repeating that digitial TV and HDTV are not the same thing. There is some confusion on this point. The FCC has required that all U.S. TV station use digital transmissions by 2006 (I think). SD TV can be broadcast digitally and the bulk of digital transmission at the moment is SD. HDTV is one digital format that comes in two flavors (720p and 1080i).

TV stations do not have to have HDTV camera equipment to broadcast digitally. Many cable systems do not yet support digitial TV (not to be confused with "digital cable").

Here is a typical FAQ from a TV station dealing with these issues that might be helpful.

There is quite a lot to be sorted out re HDTV services as viable commerical (as opposed to merely technical) medium/format.
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I would also like to know, Augusto, since most stations in the country aren't broadcasting in HD, so why bother with HDV cameras?
Well, over here in the UK the BBC have moved over to Z1's from PD-150's (or at least are in the process of doing so), and they don't broadcast a single frame of HD.

Don't forget, the Z1 is a damn nice DVCam camera too - true 16:9, wide latitude, PAL/NTSC switchable, B+W EVF - a big improvement over the PD-150 except in the lowest of light... I would guess their thinking is to future-proof their purchasing "in case" HDV takes off.
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