Tech Talk: High-Definition: What you Need to Know
High definition TV is rapidly approaching standard status. Here's what to know to provide it for your events when asked.by Warren K. Kong | Published in February 2009 sporting events | tech talk | technology | Departments
Q: My client wants to watch football in high-definition at their event. How do I do that?
A: This is a great question, whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl party or just want to give your guests the high-def experience. To make this a reality, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind.
First, most hotels and venues currently do not have the capability to provide you with a high-definition signal. If your client has specifically asked for high-definition, the standard-definition signal that most venues have will not be good enough. And yes, it does make a difference: High-def has a cleaner, crisper look, while standard-definition may look blurry on large screens.
The next thing to know is that there is a considerable difference between what cable service providers consider high definition and what A/V vendors consider high definition. A/V vendors have access to projectors and video equipment capable of handling much more resolution and definition than a typical high-definition signal, so don’t let your A/V vendor scare you with super expensive add-ons to the A/V bill. The resolution of your standard video setup is more than enough handle a high-definition signal from a cable service or dish network provider, and keep all of your sports fans happy and deep into the high-def world. I will admit that there are many valid reasons for upgrading your video projectors and screens to high definition, but currently the cost of this upgrade is prohibitive. However, if you are having an event that is based on sports or a sporting event, the upgrade to high-def, with an A/V vendor, is well worth the cost.
So, if the venue doesn’t have high-definition service, how do you get it at your event?
You can do this in several ways, some more expensive and complicated than others. The best way is to use a portable “dish” satellite system, such as DirectTV. See if your A/V vendor has such a system, as many have recognized the need for it and started to stock this service. Using a dish system is a great way to get high-definition service or those hard-to-find channels, in any remote location. Many A/V companies will have them already attached to a portable stand, so setup is very simple. Just find an outdoor location within 500 feet of your venue, focus the dish according to the manufacturer’s directions, run a cable into your venue, and enjoy!
Adding high definition television service to your event isn’t impossible. In fact, it’s quite easy. Just keep in mind these easy-to-remember tips, and you too can create a sports event that you and your clients will be proud of.