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I caught a few minutes of NBC's broadcast of "Miracle on 34th Street" this afternoon. It was an awful digital transfer---the motion was intermittently jerky, and the audio was noticeably out of sync with the video. What a shame that a major network considers such a shoddy transfer "broadcast quality." It also bolsters the myth that "all old movies look lousy." Sadly, that will probably be their broadcast master going forward. It's a black eye to a wonderful vintage film that deserves better treatment.
Added at 6:25 p.m.
TCM is showing a beautiful broadcast master as I type, thank goodness. If you want to see "Miracle" this season, please try to see it on TCM---you'll enjoy it more.
Funny you mention this. I was at my parents house and the NBC broadcast was on but the sound was turned down as we had about 50 people in the room at the time. I noticed and my Dad got a bit testy when he saw the small image on his big HDTV. "It's got to be somewhere else" he said and he flipped it to TCM.
World of difference!
I never watch any kind of commercial television, just on DVD and such but there was such a glaring difference even I could see it.
If they do that to the movies you love imagine what they are doing to your news....just saying...
Funny you mention this. I was at my parents house and the NBC broadcast was on but the sound was turned down as we had about 50 people in the room at the time. I noticed and my Dad got a bit testy when he saw the small image on his big HDTV.
Are you saying that on an HDTV it showed as a particularly small image? That's worse yet! Jeez, they must have been broadcasting a 640x480 iPod file or something ...
(I didn't notice the size because we still have an analog TV with a tube ... we'll get a digital HDTV when the old one dies.)