Standard def reruns aired on HD [was Re: Todd Gross let Go??]

John Francini
Mon Dec 5 16:49:43 EST 2005

Okay, so someone, somewhere -- the syndicator -- should re-telecine the
original films to 4:3 HD.

I stand very corrected about TV stations and tapes -- should have realized
that the digital revolution would have completely re-made the entire
environment of a typical TV station.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf
> Of Larry Weil
> Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 15:27
> To: 'bRI'
> Subject: RE: Standard def reruns aired on HD [was Re: Todd Gross let Go??]
> >
> >Part of the problem may be that what's being re-run is a standard-def
> >videotape made some time in the past, or a standard-def telecine is being
> >used.  (Do stations that air reruns of series shot on film have actual
> reels
> >of film in their library, or do they have videotapes?)
> They have neither.  The library is kept by the syndicator, and the
> individual shows fed by satellite a few days to a week prior to air,
> complete with the current barter spots (commercials).  Usually the
> contract with the station prohibits them from building up a library
> of the show.
> Besides, who uses tape anymore?  Everything you see aired on 7 that's
> not live or network is aired directly from hard-drive servers, except
> in an emergency.  We still run tapes as backups, but they rarely make
> it to air.
> Larry Weil
> Lake Wobegone, NH

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