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On the Electronic House list of the Top 10 Sports HD Broadcasts of 2008, the Winter Classic came in at #2:
As if the hockey gods had scheduled it, there was snow during the game—how perfect! And the icing on the cake? It came down to a shootout, and a goal by one of the best players in the NHL, Sidney Crosby. It all made for incredible HD video from NBC, not to mention the audio of players being checked into the boards and hearing the old-time organ through my surround speakers.
The whole slideshow of the Top 10 can be seen here.
*my twitter thing can be very handy at times, which is how I owe a hat-tip to Michael DiLorenzo for tweeting this link. Thanks!
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
So far, 40 people are expected and I am sure more will just pop in. Over the summer months, I added 2 HDTVs, making a grand total of 4. Two LCDs, a 42-inch model along with a 55-inch model. The two added during the summer are plasma models, one 50-inch and another 32-inches. I am set and can be in almost any room and be tuned into a game.
This time though, three HDTVs will be side-by-side-by-side and the room these televisions will be in will look more like a hockey production studio than a home theater room. Wires are coming out of the ceiling, the baseboards and running along the floor. I have attached numerous headphone sets to the audio receivers that are hooked up to the televisions, allowing some sort of privacy if guests wish to listen to the games in an individual manner.
I am not sure, but the room may be in some sort of FCC violation.
Geez, I’m seriously jealous of Paul’s home theatre setup. I can’t even get my DVR to work properly.
Yesterday, I confessed at the tail-end of a post that I’ve never seen a hockey game in HD. I expected to be almost alone in this, but apparently not—and a few of the commenters who responded are prominent hockey bloggers, who also don’t have HD readily available. Some of their thoughts:
Mike Chen: “Don’t feel bad, I’ve got standard def too. Sometimes, bills are just more important than kick-ass TV.”
Earl Sleek from Battle of California: “I haven’t seen a game in HD either, and I thought I was the only one! Maybe we’re missing out, but I dunno. I have yet to really say, “damn, what’s going on out there?”
Baroque from HockeyTownTodd: “I too haven’t seen a game in HD. And I have no trouble seeing the puck on my little non-wall-sized television, either.”
But others raved about the technology, as well (*more of their comments here). So I’m curious about this on a bigger scale—Do you have HDTV? If you want to use the comments here to say why or why not, please do. After all, owning something like this isn’t cheap. Is it worth it?
From Shelly Anderson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Perhaps the biggest update for this season is a new video system used to review whether a goal was scored. The overhead cameras aimed at the nets now have the sharp images of high definition and are on a closed circuit to the video judge’s booth and to the NHL’s review officials in Toronto.
The original system, installed in the early 1990s, used standard definition and was routed through a production truck. The result was a picture that wasn’t crystal clear and a system with a greater chance for breakdowns.
If you’ve noticed incredible detail this season on replays when a puck was near the goal line, that’s the work of the high-definition setup.