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04-26-2002, 12:24 PM
Triple Crown to be Televised in High Definition

NBC Sports announced that its coverage of the Triple Crown this year will be telecast in high definition television, or HDTV. Viewers who have HDTV systems will be able to enjoy movie-like quality as they root on their equine favorites.
NBC recently telecast the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City using the technology, but has used it for just a handful of NBA games.

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04-27-2002, 05:19 AM
Great news! It looks like NBC is finally really getting on the HDTV bandwagon. Looking forward to their fall lineup.

05-02-2002, 04:48 PM
Does anyone know if BEV and/or *C will carry the HD feed?
NEW YORK and DALLAS - April 30, 2002 - NBC, in association with HDNet, will broadcast the first-ever live high definition coverage of the prestigious Visa Triple Crown, beginning with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m. ET. The HDTV broadcasts will be available on NBC’s DTV affiliate stations and on HDNet’s channel 199 on DIRECTV. The announcement was made today by Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports and Mark Cuban, co-founder and president of HDNet.

“NBC’s high definition broadcasts of the Triple Crown races will deliver three of the sports world’s premier events to NBC affiliate stations’ digital television homes using the world’s premier television technology,” said Schanzer. “We are pleased to be able to once again tap into HDNet’s experience in covering sporting events in high definition.”

“The Triple Crown, an event steeped in tradition, is another great addition to the wealth of quality programming available to HDTV viewers today,” said Cuban. “Following the tremendous successes of the HD coverage of the NBC Winter Olympics and several NBA on NBC games, we are pleased to work with NBC again to produce and broadcast live horse racing action with the incredible picture quality that only high definition can provide.”

The HDTV broadcasts will be produced in 1080i HD format using HDNet’s mobile production units, cameras, and crew, and will feature the audio and announcers from NBC’s standard production.

The following schedule lists the live broadcasts of the three thoroughbred races that make up the Visa Triple Crown. All times are Eastern.

· Kentucky Derby - May 4th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
· Preakness Stakes - May 18th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
· Belmont Stakes - June 8th, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage will be led by hosts Tom Hammond and Bob Costas with expert commentary from veteran analyst Charlsie Cantey. The broadcast team also will include race-caller Tom Durkin; contributing analysts Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; and on-track reporter Donna Barton Brothers.

05-06-2002, 07:36 PM
So, how was it on Bev & *C? Folks at AVS seem pretty happy about the pq.

05-06-2002, 07:52 PM
BEV coverage was identical to HDNet & NBC in Detroit. It all looked great.

05-06-2002, 07:53 PM
Did *C show it? Anyone?

05-06-2002, 08:13 PM
Yep. Looked fine, but I didn't watch that much. It's a *horserace* after all.


05-07-2002, 12:47 AM
...and it was a lovely day in Ottawa wasn't it... ? rather be playing in the sun that watch a horserace. But I just wanted to know if they had shown it. Thanks for the info Todd.