Why can’t ABC broadcast British Open in HD?

ABC usually does a wonderful job in covering the British Open, but this year they have lost the lead to TNT.  One of the main reasons is that they are not broadcasting the coverage in HD.
TNT has covered the British Open, or Open Championship as it is called everywhere else, in full HD in the correct aspect ratio for the first two rounds.  But ABC has picked up coverage for the weekend and they are broadcasting the Open in the traditional 16:9.

In sports coverage these days, why can’t ABC broadcast the Open in full HD.  If TNT is doing it, ABC certainly can.  They broadcast other sporting events in HD and their sister network ESPN does almost all HD broadcast these days.

CBS and NBC are broadcasting all golf events in HD these days.  NBC even broadcast the celebrity event in Lake Tahoe in HD.

If ABC wants to play with the big boys, they need to broadcast all their events in HD.  Get with the times ABC.

Russian Probe Shuts Media Foundation – washingtonpost.com

Russian Probe Shuts Media Foundation – washingtonpost.com
While many other things are going on in the world, Russia is slowly clamping down on rights and privileges, without much cause or concern from around the world.

They took a media foundation that trains journalists and closed it down for a mistake.  Not one world from the U.S. Government or any other government around the world.

I think that we need to be careful of Russia and provide more insight on what is happening there to the outside world.  Otherwise they are going to be back where they were many years ago, treating their people poorly and scaring the entire world.

I’ll Vouch for David Meerman Scott – He Did Write a Book

I will vouch that David Meerman Scott has published a book so his mom will know.
He just posted a YouTube video having everyone who attended his keynote show his mom the book.

I attended the Vocus User Conference and have a copy of the book. I am just starting to read it and it is interesting and I hope to learn a lot from it. It was good to hear him speak and he had a lot of good points on how the world of marketing and PR is evolving and changing.

Here is the Book: The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing and Online Media to Reach Buyers Directly

If you know where to look, you can see me.

Reporter Blogging NCAA Regional Baseball Game Kicked Out

A reporter for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, was told that blogging at games was against NCAA regulations and was escorted from the game.
Brian Bennett had been blogging the third game of the Louisville – Oklahoma State Super Regional baseball game, just like he had done the previous two games when he was approached by a representative of the NCAA and told what he was doing violated NCAA regulations and the NCAA official pulled his credential for the game. Continue reading “Reporter Blogging NCAA Regional Baseball Game Kicked Out”

Denver Post web feeds are a joke

I like to read news via RSS.  I use Google Reader to read posts and I am trying to add the Denver Post to the reader so I can read the feeds.
But, they are driving me to use their own reader.  I just want the feeds.  Give me the feeds.

Contrast that to the Rocky Mountain News, the Post competitor, and they provide a whole page of rss feeds.

This is the way to do it.  Make it easy for me to get and subscribe to the information.  I always knew why I like the Rocky better.

Newspapers Don’t Get It – Harsh On Google Indexing

In an article that appeared on the weekend edition of CNet’s News.com website, newspaper publisher’s are harshing on Google wondering why they are getting a free ride.
Last month in a speech at Stanford University, the Tribune Co’s new owner wanted to know, “If all of the newspapers in America did not allow Google to steal their content, how profitable would Google be?”

But the problem is that newspapers get about 25% of their traffic from search engines. If they start trying to get compensated for this coverage, then they will lose viewership and revenue.

Basically, if someone can’t find you on Google, then you don’t exist on the web. Whether that is right or wrong, it is the truth.

When I search news stories on the Internet, I am searching for specific stories. If I can’t find them, then they don’t exist. It would be best for them to let Google index them and make them available so I can find them.

That increases views and that increases their ad revenue.

The newspaper business is changing from a paper based model to a mixed paper and electronic and will soon be all-electronic.

If they don’t adapt and move towards new ad revenues, then they won’t be around. And that would be a bad thing.

Now don’t get me started on subscription based newspaper websites. I think that they are stupid. More soon.

Read the entire CNET story: “Newspapers want Google News’ quarter

The hazards of an outside news conference

Well today the President had an unfortuanate incident today while answering questions on Iraq and Attorney General Gonzales.  A sparrow flew over and scored a direct hit on the President’s left sleeve.
Watch the video here.

The President brushed it off and kept on going.  Just another hazard of having an outdoor press conference.

You can read more on the ABC News blog, Political Radar.  “Bush in the Line of Fire