Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Toronto, Ontario - 2 TiVo S1s, TiVo S3, Xbox 360, PS3, Dell HD Plasma 4200, Rogers Digital
Clearly you understand this stuff better than most of us - especially me. But, myself and my friend compared many paused shots side by side (one from the NBC feed and one from the CBC feed). They looked to us like they were from the same camera. Both recorded on the same TiVo Series 3 PVR recorded at the exact same time. In the MANY places we compared throughout the multi-hour broadcast, the NBC HD signal was far crisper, cleaner, sharper AND there was much more on the screen - the CBC signal appeared cropped.
Clearly if you used different cameras, then nothing was cropped, the CBC camera was just zoomed in further then. But that then is, from our perspective, a problem.
I'm not a hockey fan - my friend is. But we both lament at how CBC doesn't seem to take advantage of what HD offers. The camera is zoomed in further than it needs to be (or at least further in than the NBC broadcast) and you loose the greater scope. Hockey is the perfect sport for HD given the shape of the rink. But, while nicer than regular TV, CBC's HD doesn't do as good a job as it can.
I don't know what all the technical reasons are, and I'm sure CBC is doing its best to provide a quality product, but when given the choice, based on what we observed through multiple tests, we'll take the U.S. HD broadcast over the CBC broadcast any night. (Well, except for Don Cherry - I still love him and his outfits - even though my buddy doesn't.)