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Monday, January 29, 2007 at 9:23 AM

CBS SwingVision in High Definition!

Television is currently undergoing a technological revolution. It is called high definition television (HDTV) and it delivers a dramatic improvement in television resolution. In fact, HDTV has at least twice the resolution of standard definition television (SDTV) and features the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio.

Unfortunately, HDTV comes with a steep price tag. Even after several years of price erosion, quality HDTVs still command well over a grand. But at some point, you just have to bite the bullet. I did so recently and it put a serious dent in my wallet. But the pictures that it produces are amazing! As much as it cost, I think that it's worth it for the improved entertainment experience.

Sure, the amount of HD content is still relatively minuscule. However, it is constantly improving. Take golf HD programming, for example. It was pathetic just several months ago. Very few tournaments were broadcast in HD last year. It seemed that only the majors received the HD treatment, and even then, only the Masters delivered a high quality picture. But it seems to be different this year.

I was pleasantly surprised last weekend to find that CBS' first 2007 golf broadcast, the Buick Invitational, was broadcast in delicious 1080i HD goodness! In fact, all CBS golf broadcasts will now be shot and broadcast in HD! As a byproduct, my favorite slo-mo technology, , is also now in HD! I'm trying to figure out where to get my hands on SwingVision HD videos for you to enjoy, but in the meantime, check out the photo of my Sharp Aquos HDTV displaying HD Swingvision via an antenna (click on it to expand):

CBS has been leading the national broadcast networks in terms of HD picture quality. It used to be that if you wanted to show off your HDTV, you would tune it to CSI or a CBS HD NFL game (CBS will deploy 47 HD cameras for this year's Superbowl!). Now you can do the same by tuning it to a CBS golf broadcast. Let's hope that CBS continues the trend and that its competitors follow suit. If you're a golf fan and still don't own an HDTV, now may be a good time to jump on board. Nick Faldo in high def...does it get any better?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Faldo in Hi-Def??? YIKES!!!!!!!  


Blogger MyDailySlice said...

Last years Masters was in HD, and all I can remember is how beautiful the place looked! It was the only time my wife actually said "yes honey, you can go to the bar to watch golf." HD will make you rub your eyes in disbelief!  


Anonymous MikeProGlofer said...

I am in awe of my new HD Tv !  


Anonymous Andy Brown said...

Like you say HD is still a tad expensive and I'm yet to buy on over here in the UK. I guess when Sky Sports start to cover golf like they do football in HD I will seriously consider it.  


Blogger Bad said...

Last year, only the four majors, the Ryder Cup, and a couple of made for TV events were broadcast in HD.

This year, it looks like all the CBS and NBC covered tournaments will be in HD including the Thursday, Friday Golf Channel broadcasts.

This is a huge improvement over last year.

Come on and get off your duffs, the HD sets have come way down in the past two months. Today, Fry's has a 42 inch Panasonic Plazma for $1199 with free shipping.

Just Do It  


Anonymous Justin H said...

My company provides the camera to CBS. We are currently working on a new website to optimize HD video. Many HD swings and video to come with-in the year.  


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