ABC Goes HD on the Web

Go to ABC’s Web site and you’ll see a link in the middle of the page that offers “full screen now available” for the online shows. These shows include full-length episodes with only “limited” commercial interruption: three 30 second breaks in an hour-long show, and two per half hour episode. You’ve got to be in the United States to view the full length episodes, and you must have a broadband connection to see the HD versions.

ABC has a large sample of shows available online. I watched parts of a recent episode of “Traveler” and it looks very good in full screen mode. (I have fiber optic broadband service, so bandwidth is not an issue.) I noticed some compression artifacts on some scenes with fast movement; it’s not as good as broadcast but it’s very good.

Here’s your homework assignment: If you have broadband, and if you like (or are curious about) any of the ABC prime time shows, please take a break and watch an episode on your computer using the HD viewer. Then let me know what you think. Do you like this form of video on demand? Would you watch on your television if it were as easy as selecting a channel is now on your cable or satellite or over the air system? I’m confident that this is the future of “television” and I’d be interested to hear what you think. Write to me at alfred@hdtvprofessor.com.