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Is HD Ready for the Real World?

By Greg Moyer • Nov 8 2005, 10:03pm

VOOM is back in the news and so it gives me great pleaure to introduce to you one of the key men making it happen - Mr. Greg Moyer. Moyer serves as co-general manager of the VOOM HD Networks and recently joined our growing roster of HDTV columnists. His first column, "Is HD Ready for the Real World?", answers that question. _Dale Cripps



With more programs converting to HD, the standard definition "dead zones" on a typical night of television are becoming fewer and fewer. Now scripted series, movies, prime time sports and late night strips hosted by the likes of Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien are reliably in HD.

The big exception is the genre of unscripted "reality" shows that still make up a third or more of the prime time diet. As a group, these high-concept, lower cost series pioneered by "The Real World" on MTV and popularized by "Survivor" on CBS have resisted the urge to go HD largely due to the added cost and complications of extensive field production. If "rea ...