Chances are if you work anywhere that sells TV's, you've been busy for the past few weeks with the Super Bowl being such a huge selling point. Fox did a fine job presenting the game in Hi-Def to all those who bought new sets and to those who have one for a while. Toss in Dolby 5.1 support and it seems like Fox lives up to their claims of being the worlds best standard, but misfires were noticeable.
Presented in 720p, every single individual hair on the players faces when up close and you could easily read the names on their jerseys when zoomed out. The clarity of the presentation could easily sell a few sets. Though not particularly used effectively, it's refreshing to see football in widescreen allowing viewers to see a few extra yards downfield on the truly archaic side view that needs to be dropped for a behind-the-quarterback point of view.
Fox tried a few new (and completely useless) camera vides this year. One of them was placed inside the end zone pylon. Not only was it not useful at any given point, it wasn't hi-def. Yes, it's impossible for such a small camera to be actually be hi-def capable, but the effect was jarring switching from such a brilliant, pristine, picture to something that looked like it was being picked up by rabbit ears. New cameras are fine even if they can't produce the same signal, but at least let them serve a purpose if you're going to try it.
Commercials were a definite annoyance, constantly switching aspect ratios making for jarring viewing. Worse, some of them, especially movie trailers, were not anamorphic. It's awful to see a trailer in a small square in the center of the screen surrounded by nothing. Since these are a major part of the game (surely a large portion watches just for the ads) and should match the rest of the broadcast.