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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Was Sunday's Reds Game In HDTV?

Several of you have asked why Sunday's Reds-Pirates game from Pittsburgh was not in HDTV, as scheduled by Fox Sports Net Ohio, and if it was a Time Warner problem.

So here's the answer to the question from Steve Pawlowski, FSNO spokesman in Cleveland -- though I'm not sure I understand it. (Maybe one of the TV engineers who read this blog can explain it to us):

Pawlowski says: "Here's the deal... We DID do the game in HD, however, due to a technical problem, it was broadcast in 4:3 ratio instead of 16:9."

FSNO's next HDTV game is 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Reds-Brewers at GABP. The HD games are noted on the schedule at


at 4/16/2008 1:25 PM Blogger Rob said...

Essentially, it was shot in widescreen format but due to the technical problem the broadcast squished it down to the non-widescreen ratio. That means all the picture was there, it was just not as wide as usual so everything looked skinnier than a normal non-widescreen picture would be. I set my DVR to the "stretch" setting that stretches 4:3 pictures to 16:9 and it seemed fine.

at 4/16/2008 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the follow-up - although based on the quality of Sunday's broadcast I'm not convinced it was in HD, just with the wrong aspect. Here's to hoping Saturday's broadcast is much better.

at 4/16/2008 2:09 PM Anonymous Greg said...

It sure didn't look like it on my TV. I made the comment to my wife that why was the game on the HD channel but not in HD?

at 4/16/2008 3:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm glad you picked up on that.
I tuned in and was again let down by Fox-Joke-Ohio.

It looked horrible.
Next, please look into who in the world is DIRECTING the games this year on Fox Ohio.

The productions are rancid.
"Wipes" to live images of a base, when it's meant to transition to a replay.
And the two guys they have on the pre-game ... simply unwatchable.

Kind of matches the hitting at the moment.
Minor league.

at 4/16/2008 3:22 PM Blogger Brian said...

Down here in Northern Kentucky, it definitely wasn't in HD. Technical glitch or now, FSN Ohio must think we're idiots for thinking that was high definition.

at 4/16/2008 4:33 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

All I know is that I will never buy a JTM product for as long as I have to listen to that obnoxious screaming of Bronson Arroyo.

at 4/16/2008 4:40 PM Anonymous Mark said...

I "stretched" the image they broadcast to 16x9 and it didn't look like HD quality to me.

at 4/17/2008 8:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't get the fsn-hd channel, i only get the fsn-sd channel. sunday's game was clearly shot in 16x9 and squished down to 4x3. i assumed this was only an issue on the fsn-sd channel, and that it was 16x9 hd on the fsn-hd channel. regardless, it was nice to just switch the squished fsn-hd 4x3 picture into 16x9 to enjoy it that way.

at 4/18/2008 6:23 AM Blogger danni said...

So Mr. Keiswitter is a television reporter who doesn't understand the very basic concept of aspect ratios. Priceless!

at 4/18/2008 6:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't look like HD to me either, but the more annoying thing is the picture quality on the games on the non-HD channel. It looks worse than your typical digital picture.

at 4/21/2008 8:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have yet to see any Reds game that FSO touts as being broadcast in HD actually broadcast in HD. All I see is the same exact signal they show on the standard-def channel.

When are they going to REALLY start broadcasting in HD?

at 4/25/2008 10:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday night, April 25th. Game is supposed to be in HD but it's not being shown, at least not by Dish Network. Idiots.

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