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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 29, 2012.

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  1. Jul 12, 2012 #561 of 3975
    crawdad62

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    TCM is already my default channel. Not background but actually watched channel. I would say 70% of what I watch is on that channel. So I'm more than pleased it'll be in HD (to the extent it can be).
     
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    joed32

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    I'd like to join in, I love TCM!
     
  3. Jul 12, 2012 #563 of 3975
    mitchflorida

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    I have a large screen 4x3 HDTV. How do I set it up so I don't get the HD version of the channel? I want TCM in SD format to fill the screen.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2012 #564 of 3975
    gator1234

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    Arn't we still waiting for the official announcement? I did a search as someone suggested on a future TCM movie and it did not show it upcoming in HD. But I am very hopeful that the rumors are true for it being turned on next week (Thursday).
     
  5. Jul 12, 2012 #565 of 3975
    RAD

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    You'll have to say don't hide SD duplicates, that will allow all SD dups of HD channels to appear in your guide, and you'll see two listings for each SD/HD channel.
     
  6. Jul 12, 2012 #566 of 3975
    Billzebub

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    Can't you just change the tv ratio under video setting to Standard 4:3 ?
     
  7. Jul 12, 2012 #567 of 3975
    mitchflorida

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    If I use SD, it will fill my TV screen. If I use HD it will have black bars on top and bottom and the picture will be 480p instead of 480i.

    Old movies look better in SD on my set. Especially the ones filmed before there was Cinemascope.
     
  8. Jul 12, 2012 #568 of 3975
    inkahauts

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    You might want to try a bunch of different settings on your tv before you decide that with this channel. Just a suggestion. I can't see any way that the sd version would be clearer than the Hi Definition version of the channel,the question is can you find the right settings to not have it distorted, with using a combination of formats on your tv and your receiver.
     
  9. Jul 12, 2012 #569 of 3975
    mitchflorida

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    Watching 60 year old movies in HD is a waste of bandwidth. Sure if you are talking about NatGeo Wild it is worth it . not old movies.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2012 #570 of 3975
    tonyd79

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    If it is an HDTV, why would it be 480p. I am missing something.
     
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    tonyd79

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    ?????
     
  12. Jul 12, 2012 #572 of 3975
    MysteryMan

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  13. Jul 12, 2012 #573 of 3975
    tonyd79

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    It was an odd statement because the guy watches the old movies. I don't understand why he wouldn't want them to look better....
     
  14. Jul 12, 2012 #574 of 3975
    inkahauts

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    Except that a properly transferred 60year old movie that had been shot on film can have a better pq than any show on nat geo wild shot with an Hi Definition digital camera.

    Doesn't Tcm have more different programs on than something like nat geo wild in a given month as well?
     
  15. Jul 12, 2012 #575 of 3975
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    I completely agree with this! These old film movies have very high definition and though they are 4x3 format their picture quality in hd will be amazing.
     
  16. Jul 12, 2012 #576 of 3975
    yosoyellobo

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    What would be the cut off point. Ten years, Five years,Two weeks...
     
  17. Jul 12, 2012 #577 of 3975
    scoop8

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  18. Jul 12, 2012 #578 of 3975
    espnjason

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    I would be ignorant too if I didn't learn that a lot of older movies from 50 to 70 years ago could actually convert to HDTV, and that is something I'd personally love to see. Thus I welcome TCM and see the golden age of Hollywood within modern broadcasting enhancements.
     
  19. Jul 12, 2012 #579 of 3975
    tonyd79

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    Oh yes they do. Few movies repeat. Their library is very large.
     
  20. Jul 12, 2012 #580 of 3975
    tonyd79

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    To be fair, TCM does not have hd transfers. But the Upconvert they provide should be much better than the current SD.
     
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