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I Just Don't Get It

10-07-2004, 10:32 PM
I just saw another episode of "Survivor" on CBS and for the life of me I can't figure out why it is not shot in hdtv. I mean they have beautiful tropical scenery, magnificient beaches, colorful flowers, birds, and fish and they shoot it on regular video! On the otherhand, the same network produces "Becker" ( a show I never watch) in hdtv. Most of the show takes place either in a dingy coffee shop or an equally dingy doctor's office and examination room. I don't think you need cutting edge technology to show that! It doesn't make sense.
I don't think it's because hdtv cameras and equipment are too bulky or heavy because some of the newer Sony 1080p/24 cameras are quite compact and light in weight. Any ideas?

10-07-2004, 11:12 PM
Your speculation is probably true. Take a lap around reality shows...they are just not in HD. Shows in controlled environments, like sets, are in HD.

I don't watch Survivor, but I'd surely make more of an effort if it was shot in HD.

10-08-2004, 06:28 AM
I get Survivor via OTA and last night it showed up on the guide that is was in HD. Well I tuned it in and no HD. My guess is that it was just a mistake since it doesn't seem very likely they would take what little HD equipment they have half way around the world for one show. The setting and scenery of this show just begs for HD.

On the other hand, the show "Lost" is shot in HD is very good, IMO. Take a look if your Wednesday night gets a little dull, jungle and ocean scenes in HD look great, and the story line so far is pretty good.