TNT/ABC not Delivering British Open in HD

June 29th, 2009 at 1:29 pm by HDSportsGuide | 15 Comments

TNT/ABC not Delivering British Open in HD

After good news about the Tour de France and Wimbeldon being in HD, one of our favourite sporting events will once again be given as an SD up-conversion. The British Open Golf Tournament, scheduled to begin Thursday the 16th will not be in High Definition on TNT or ABC. . . again.

Last year we had high hopes that ABC/TNT would upgrade for this year. But after emailing our contacts at ABC and TNT both stations have confirmed that it will be an SD up-conversion. The golf coverage may still be good but it is disappointing to see that no steps were taken to get the British Open in HD this year.

ABC will have some interesting features to look out for from their press release including:
* X-Mo: a super-slow motion camera that provides great detail of the swing and impact on the ball.
* Golf Trak: an application that utilizes real-life aerial footage in a 3D environment to enhance the telecast.
* An aerial camera, mounted on an airplane, will show Turnberry from a bird’s-eye perspective.

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15 Comments for “TNT/ABC not Delivering British Open in HD”

  1. RemyM Says:

    Well this is the last year for TNT/ABC. ESPN will show all live coverage next year and ABC will show 6 hours of taped highlights. I must say that in previous years the upconvert did look very good.

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  3. Erik Says:

    Reeeeally? TNT fails again what a surprise. Is there anything (not including basketball) that they don’t upscale? Awful Awful station. As a long time HD viewer all I can say is fail.

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  5. Dale Jennings Says:

    I hate the British Open (easily the least of my favourite majors), and watching it covered by ABC makes it even less appealing, especially when it’s not in HD.

  6. Ted Says:

    WDHN (ch.18), ABC affiliate in Dothan, Alabama, has yet to broadcast ANYTHING in high-def, so this is little surprise. World’s Worst Television Station.

  7. Golfer Dude Says:

    Ha ridiculous! There’s only 4 majors each year and it’s not gonna be HD? One of the reasons I bought an HDTV was for the golf. I can watch the Buick Open in HD but not the British Open? Dumb dumb dumb.

  8. don Says:

    It does not matter. The coverage really sucks. They spend most of the time talking to each other and forget there is a golf match going on. Really unwatchable.

  9. Paul Kitts Says:

    I’m used to struggling to watch the B-Open. No trees and unremarkable landscape, however what I’m not used to is listening to Ernie and his elitist colleagues hammering away a John Daly’s outfits. The manufacturer is Loudmouth. Get it guys? It’s not for everyone, but he is clearly not the first one on the tour to wear some “statement making” outfits…..Jesper P?

  10. charles Mitchum Says:

    Worst coverage of any golf…ever. Finally turned the sound down and as it was recorded ff theough most of it. Haven’t the producers ever watched golf before. Really really stinks!

  11. Chuck Says:

    Where is cbs when u need it?!?! I will never watch golf on TNT again!!! Lame coverage, too many feel good stories and interviews. Ernie Johnson has no idea what he is talking about regarding golf. I guess that is why i dont watch NBA anymore. TNT is lame. And what is with the 300 commercials per hour!?!?!?! ABC seems to have continued that format too. Gag. I wont be watching too much more of this crap especially since Tiger is gone. Tom Watson just doesnt do anything for me.

  12. Mildly offended Brit Says:

    To Paul Kitts:

    I find it a great shame that you think the British Open offers up “unremarkable landscapes”. Golf is about much more than the artificial, overly landscaped courses that are so popular in the States. It is like they are designed to be garden centres. The beauty of the British Open and the Links courses on which it is played is that it is a battle with the elements and with the natural and often unforgiving undulations on the fairways that mean you cannot guarantee a good lie even if you hit it straight down the middle. Perhaps one day you should play the Old Course at St. Andrews – I bet you wouldn’t think it was an “unremarkable landscape” if you’d done that. Of course, if they were showing it in HD perhaps you’d be able to appreciate what makes the likes of St.Andrews and Turnberry so much more challenging and interesting than the relatively sedate and uninspired courses you have across the pond.

  13. charles Says:

    coverage stinks too many mouths that down know when to shut up and to really hit bottom you bring in curtis strange with his irritating accent, which rock did he crawl from under the only one who keeps coming across great is Judy Austin, Why is she not lead commentator is it because she is female the rest talk alot and say nik’s

  14. charles Says:

    coverage stinks too many mouths that dont know when to shut up, and too really hit bottom you bring in curtis strange with his irritating accent, which rock did he crawl from under? the only one who keeps coming across great is Judy Austin, Why is she not lead commentator, is it because she is female, the rest talk alot and say nik’s we need to see more golf and less stupid talk

  15. Blaine Says:

    Atlanta’s ABC: WSB Channel 2 is broadcasting the British Open in HD, very good coverage on ABCs part. Good HD Coverage!!!

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