Thursday, January 07, 2010

ABC2 - The Colbert Report

OK, so how can the ABC take a show like The Colbert Report, shot in widescreen HD and turn it into a cropped POS that looks like it has a bitrate approaching double figure Kbps (but not quite getting there)?  The quality is approximating that of 4th generation VHS tape.

I was looking forward to watching this, now I'm rather disappointed to see then effort they failed to put into this.  :(


The Outspoken Wookie


The G Man said...

Because that is what the ABC are being given by Comedy Central. The SD version that is exported is in 4:3 ratio, as the US do not have 16:9 SD broadcasts.

However I am sure you will pleased to hear that within the next week or so the ABC will be receiving the HD version from Comedy Central, hence it will be in 16:9 aspect ratio with a downconverted resolution for the SD broadcast on ABC2 and iView.

Hilton Travis said...

Aha - thanks for that G Man. I *truly* hope that this ends up happening as right now, if I watch this, I feel transported back to 1986 and watching recorded TV programs off my old, crappy VHS deck.