DTV Primer

Chris Llana, Editor



Good Morning America to Go Hi-Def

July 7, 2005

ABC News President David Westin has announced that ABC will begin broadcasting "Good Morning America" in high definition seven days a week beginning in September. This will mark the first regularly scheduled HD broadcast of a network news show.

NBC's rival "Today" is expected to go hi-def in March after the production returns from the Winter Olympics in Italy. Engineers would use the show's absence from the New York studio to install the new equipment needed for HD production.

CBS's "The Early Show" is reportedly stuck in standard-def purgatory for the foreseeable future. I guess they're not that early!

Expect to see more drop-dead gorgeous HD eye candy once "Good Morning America" makes the switch, and less talking heads.

ABC's high definition broadcasts are in the 720p format, with 5.1 channel sound. NBC likes 1080i.