We went up to the Tampa area on Sunday and the hotel had a 42″ HDTV so I got to check out the local news stations’ HD offers.
What little I saw of the ABC and NBC affiliates it was mostly SD/HD hodgepodge, only the anchor shots from the studio were in HD. Even some of the pre-taped reports where the anchor is in the studio were 4:3 on the NBC station. They must have only 2 HD cameras.
Weather in HD was ok, you get to see more of the map with nice green color but the radar overlay, I think it was on the ABC affiliate, looked blocky, lots of little squares.
One thing is for sure though all the flaws on the anchors get multiplied by 100 on a 42″ TV. It’s a bit distracting at first as you keep noticing everything – yellow teeth, crooked teeth, scars, uneven make up…
We woke up while the morning news was on and my boyfriend grumbled how he couldn’t go back to napping after watching the TV. A bit overstated but true – from the gross crap that passes as news footage to anchor flaws you get a bit jarred and grossed out.
HDTV wasn’t kind to the morning guy on the NBC station, the woman – she was substituting I think – looked stunning in HD. Not a flaw at all and very pretty.
I think the ABC station’s morning team looked the best in HD.
The guy was hot and the female anchor looked flawless. The two-shot with the studio behind and all the vivid colors was great. The NBC station had an anchor desk with black marble top(!) – looked like a receptionist desk to me – with bland blue backdrop.
Some of the on-air talent clearly didn’t know what teeth whitening was. One of the sports guys looked like he ate mustard before he went on the air!!!
The FOX station was the trashiest. Bad imitation of WSVN. Their anchors sucked too. Nothing like waking up and watching full-zoom footage of a broken sewer pipe. On 42″ TV it’s like you’re there minus the smell. Really made me run out and get breakfast, not.
Whichever douche decided on this footage should be sent to that neighborhood and be made to eat their breakfast there. Thank you moron. I flipped the channel and forgot they exist.
I think it was the ABC station with video from their chopper in HD – those shots from it while flying over traffic were neato.
Visually I thought the stations are not much to brag about unless I’m too jarred from watching Miami stations. Exception to the FOX station but they weren’t all that anyway. The NBC station’s graphics, the open anyway, stood out the most to me. Overall not too crazy and over the top or too boring.
Overall I’d pick ABC Action News as my favorite. It had a really nice, fresh, vivid look overall.
It would be nice to have local stations in HD down here too just please no poop shot zoom-ins.