Olympics, CBC, HDTV and Gas

I’m a live TV junkie — for events like the Olympics Opening Ceremony it appalls me to the depths of my soul when US networks decide to delay the telecast for the money and label it as “live, pre-recorded”. Shame on them. I honestly, really, really wish the producers hideous gas the rest of their lives.

Luckily I live in Seattle, right by Vancouver, BC. So that means that we are in broadcast range of CBUT, the CBC affiliate in Canada. See, Canadians understand me on this: They broadcast the opening ceremonies live, as it should be. So I caught some of the best parts this morning as I got up at 6 AM. It was nice.

But then I decided to compare the Canadian telecast with the junk NBC throws-out. The only thing I have to say is this: The only reason I enjoyed it the second time was that it was in HDTV, whereas the CBC broadcast comes to me in standard def. HDTV really did bring a lot more to the ceremony — a lot more than I thought it would. Incredible detail and crispness. I felt I was watching a whole new show.

So there you have it — my rant of the day. Go Canada, and my Republican colleagues can now scream at me for being so un-American and not a patriot because I bashed the American-based television networks — whatever.

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