[Tig] ABC in HDTV

Bill Hogan billhogan1
Thu Sep 26 01:58:02 BST 2002


As with ESPN this will increase the need for HD post as I think more commercials
will be finished in HD.  See ABC's press release below.
Bill Hogan
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THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK ANNOUNCES IT WILL BROADCAST

MAJOR SPORTING EVENT FINALS, INCLUDING THE SUPER BOWL, 

GAMES OF THE NBA FINALS AND STANLEY CUP, IN HDTV

2003-2004 Season of "Monday Night Football" Will Also Be Seen in HDTV

ABC Television Network president Alex Wallau announced today that the
most-watched and highest-profile sporting events of the year, including the
Super Bowl, games of the National Basketball Association finals and the Stanley
Cup, will be broadcast in HDTV on ABC this season. In addition ABC
announced that it will broadcast the 2003-2004 season of "Monday Night Football"
in HDTV.

"Live sporting events provide the best platform to showcase the dramatic
benefits of high definition television," said Mr. Wallau. "We're delighted to
broadcast these sporting events in HDTV, including the most-watched television
event of the year, the Super Bowl."

ABC currently broadcasts the majority of its primetime schedule, including all
of its scripted dramas, comedies and theatrical movies, in HDTV. The 2002-03
primetime HDTV broadcasts, sponsored by Zenith Electronics Corporation, include
the new programs "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,"
"Life with Bonnie," "Push, Nevada," "MDs," "That Was Then" and "Less Than
Perfect." These programs join such ABC stalwarts as "NYPD Blue" and
"The Practice" in high definition, bringing the Network's total HDTV primetime
broadcasts to more than 13 hours per week.

ABC was the first major network to broadcast in HDTV, beginning in November
1998, and it is the only major broadcast network currently airing its HD
programming in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound. All of ABC's programs
will use 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format.

In September 2001 ABC made a major commitment to HDTV programming when it began
broadcasting the majority of its schedule in HDTV, including all of
its scripted primetime comedy and drama series, as well as all theatrical
movies. For the 2001-02 broadcast season, ABC broadcast more than 260 hours of
HDTV programming, and the Network plans to broadcast even more hours in HD this
season.

ABC began broadcasting high-definition television, including Dolby Digital
5.1-channel surround sound, beginning on November 1, 1998, with the
theatrical presentation of "The Wonderful World of Disney: 101 Dalmatians."
Since then ABC has broadcast many other theatricals in HDTV, as well as
numerous sporting events. Those include the first live, regularly scheduled HDTV
sporting event in primetime, the 1999-2000 season of "Monday Night
Football." ABC has also broadcast "Super Bowl XXXIV" and the "2000 National
Hockey League All-Star Game" in HDTV. Currently 64 of ABC's owned and
affiliated stations are broadcasting digital TV, covering 63% of the nation,
with 48 of those stations broadcasting in HDTV.

ABC will air Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003, from San Diego, CA. The NBA
finals are scheduled for June 4-18, 2003, and the Stanley Cup for May
31-June 9, 2003.





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