First, I don’t watch a lot of NBA basketball. I only watch the playoffs.
Tonight I was watching game 3 of the Finals, and I started noticing that my TV picture was glitching every time someone shot the ball. Portions of the screen were going pixelly, and the screen was splitting and freezing.
Then I realized it was coinciding with camera flashes. Then I became aware of all the camera flashes going off during high action scenes. The flashing is huge and obnoxious. It feels the entire screen, and I have a 52" Samsung LCD.
Where were they coming from, and why have I never noticed this before? I watched all of March Madness and never noticed it. I’ve been watching the NBA Playoffs this year and never noticed it.
If you look at the pro photographers sitting on the floor under the baskets, you won’t see them using flashes. ($10,000 cameras don’t need them, and anyway a head-on flash would wash out the subject.)
It can’t be cameras in the audience. When you see the crowd, you never see a camera flash, and, anyway, no little point and shoot is going to have a flash that is going to wash out my TV, much less light up the action from so far away.
During slow motion replays, the flashes are extremely obvious, and they appear to come from overhead because the tops of players’ heads are lit up.
I called a friend and talked about it. He wasn’t home, but said he’d check it out. As soon as he got home and turned on the game, he called me and said he had never noticed the flashing, and now it was all he could see.
I couldn’t even concentrate on the game! I also noticed during the Spider Man movie commercials, they showed NBA clips, and the flashing was going on then, too. Has this always been occurring, and I only now have noticed it?