announced today that the next season of their granddaddy of reality TV will be shot in Denver, CO. Where is MTV's high
definition station MHD
based? Colorado. It makes complete sense to me for
them to use one of their longest running and most popular series (especially since they don't show music videos
anymore) to promote their new station.
If MTV does go HDTV for The Real
, this could be a very big step as so far, reality television (whether you love it or hate it) has almost
totally been SD-only. The only exception I can think of is American Idol
. If The Real World
switch, network television will follow. This is not to mention the legions of young people who (like me) have basically
grown up with the show and would have an all new reason (like the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 aren't enough) to buy
Maybe I'm just reading too much into this, but it seems like a great opportunity. They've invested
quite a bit in their new station, and this could be a push to get cable and satellite operators to sign up for it. As
far as viewers go, no matter what your opinion of reality shows are, it would probably be better in 720p.