According to CTV, competition nites will stay on CTV while result shows go on A. Although the result shows are always slow-paced, moving the result shows to /A\ means guest star singer performances won't be in HD or 5.1 sound.
Sad but true! Couldn't find any Canadian stats but Nielsen reports:
"Now in 56 percent of U.S. households, High Definition television is one of the most quickly adopted consumer entertainment technologies of the past 20 years, but true HD viewing is still far eclipsed by viewing of standard definition television.
Only 13 percent of total day viewing on cable and 19 percent of viewing on broadcast television is “true HD” viewing, which requires an HD television and HD tuner that are tuned to an HD channel. In other words, despite the billions of dollars that Americans have spent buying high definition TVs, more than 80 percent of television viewing is still a standard definition experience. The reasons for this are various:
44 percent of homes either do not have an HD set or an HD service.
Because most HD homes have at least one non-HD TV set, about one-third of programming is viewed on a standard set.
And even on HD sets, about 20 percent of viewing is through non-HD feeds."
This is drifting a bit from the original topic, but at least in the US, people have the option of hooking up their cable line directly to their TV and use the QAM Clear (digital tuner) inside their TV to get the local networks in HD. Here in Canada, we get nothing on QAM (except a few music channels) so we are forced to use their boxes. Again, CRTC doesn't care about the consumers...
Back to the /A\ Channel discussion, this is actually great news!!! I can't stand watching American shows Simsubbed on Cdn networks, so lately, I either record the Seatle feeds to watch OTA. Now, I will be able to watch it live!
* Blu-ray player with not a single blu-ray disc in the house * Check!
* Gorgeous wooden media cabinet * Check!
* VCR connected * Check!
* HD wiring * Check!
* HD cable PVR * Check!
* HD premium HD cable channels (Movie Central, Treasure, Oasis) * Check!
* HD network channels.... Nope!
Reason? The cable company doesn't include them for some reason, and wants an extra $5.95 for basic and they don't feel it's worth it, even though 99% of their viewing is big 3 network shows.
I tried suggesting they drop Movie Central (which they don't watch) and get the HD networks instead, except... well they're seniors and it's hard getting through to them once they decided that $5.95 was not fair they aren't budging.
They still ooh and ahh over the picture they get on low def network channels, so at least they're blissful about things....
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