Sunday, April 05, 2009

Hawk-eye Error in the Murray-Ljubibic match at the Sony Ericsson Open (2009)

I'm sure some of you have seen or heard about a brutal call that was made by the Hawk-eye system, which I had previously blogged about here as well as other associated posts, during the match between Andy Murray and Ivan Ljubibic.

If not, here is a link to the youtube video.

<a href="">Youtube Link</a>

Even though the ball was clearly out, it was called in by the Hawk-eye system.

The following link is an explanation of what happened from Hawk-eye.

Quickly summarized, this was what was shown on the both the video boards and tv.

The system showed the second bounce, which happened to be on the line. Instead, this was what really happened.

This mistake was partly due to an error by the operator who is responsible for displaying the correct bounce mark, but the system has also been modified as a result of this incident to ensure that the operator always goes to the correct bounce mark, and prevent this happening again.

ATSC workaround for Canadians for Windows 7/Media Center TV Pack for Vista

Building upon the success of his previous workaround for ATSC reception in Windows 7/Media Center TV Pack for Vista for those in Canada, former Microsoft MVP Peter Near has come up with a new workaround that allows ATSC reception using any compatible/supported ATSC tv tuner (recall that the last workaround required you to have the HDHomerun ATSC tv tuner).

For more information, check out Peter's latest blog entry, ATSC in Canada for Windows 7 (works with all ATSC tuners).

Great work Peter, and this does reinforce the fact that it is NOT a technical limitation as to why Microsoft is NOT providing this functionality in either the Windows 7 beta releases or Media Center TV Pack for Vista.