Thursday, June 5, 2014

BIG Upgrade to the "Big Brother" House

Get ready to see the pimples on your favorite houseguests chin like never before! That's right, "Big Brother" has FINALLY made the switch from SD (Standard-Definition) to HD (High Definition)! has confirmed that for the first time in 15 seasons, "Big Brother" will air in HD!

While most shows made the switch years ago, Big Brother is one of last shows to upgrade to it. And according to Executive Producers, Rich Meehan and Allison Grodner, it's been a long time coming.

They decided three years ago to make the switch but due to the cost and all the upgrading of the SD equipment they haven't been able to air it in HD, until now!
"A new digital post-production system needed to be built, installed, and tested. Per Grodner, “14 miles of HD cables” had to replace the old wiring that had run through the house. And finally, in the last phase of the remodel, new cameras had to be installed and made to work with the new digital central nervous system of the house. “We only had six months at a time to do [the changes],” says Brother engineering-operations supervisor David Crivelli. “We had to do a heart transplant,” even as the “patient” — the Big Brother broadcasts each summer — continued to pump out new episodes."
With the addition of airing the show in HD, the feed quality will also be a lot better according to Crivelli.
“We’ve added 11 new cameras in the house for better coverage,” Meehan says, including some outside and in certain inside rooms and corridors. “We’ve also lowered some of the cameras so viewers are in the action more.” And because HDTV uses a different aspect ratio — 16:9 — the show’s camera operators now have many more angles and shots to play with than they did before. “You can now see from the kitchen area to the bedroom in one shot,” Meehan says. “It changes the whole look of the house.” Grodner says she’s looking forward to testing out what she calls her new “high-performance machine,” and that even the show’s production designers are making tweaks to the set because of HD: “We’re mindful of color and texture more,” she says. “We’re making sure there are layers and dimension to the house.” And folks who subscribe to the 24/7 live feed of the show will also benefit. “It’ll be a noticeable improvement for the internet viewers,” Crivelli says.

"Big Brother" 16 will air for the first time in HD when the show premieres June 25th.

Read the full article on | This article written with/credit to: Nick Avellino

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