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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 27, 2012 #941 of 3975
    maartena

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    Well, from the tweets I got from DirecTV and what has been reported in the news as of late, there is reason to think that a carriage agreement will be signed, and it is more about "ironing out the details" than anything else.

    But as we have seen with Viacom, one sticking point can make a deal go sour.

    On the PAC12, by the way, we have a separate topic going:
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=205113
     
  2. Jul 27, 2012 #942 of 3975
    ep1974

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    Re: TCM HD: Does anyone know why Robert Osbournes preview for each movie is not in full screen. It's boxed on all four sides. Just curious.
     
  3. Jul 27, 2012 #943 of 3975
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    That usually happens when the following happened:

    1) The preview was originally in a widescreen format. (Or, they used widescreen film for the preview).
    2) The preview was recorded/stored in a 4:3 format on broadcast tape, which would, on a 4:3 TV, cause a bar on the bottom and top.
    3) This tape, in turn, was used to broadcast on TCMHD, causing additional black bars on the sides.

    Result: Black box.

    Perhaps the preview was old. Used years ago, and just pulled out of the archive to promote that they are broadcasting said movie again.
     
  4. Jul 27, 2012 #944 of 3975
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    It was filmed as letterboxed for a 4:3 screen. So it ends up being pillarboxed as well since nothing is HD on TCM HD.
     
  5. Jul 27, 2012 #945 of 3975
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    BTW:

    While I realize you and others are likely using the term "tape" in a loose sense for recorded video on whatever actual form or medium. To be technically accurate though, isn't virtually everything in a modern broadcast facility today coming off digital video file servers?

    Linear tape, even if digital, is a relic of the past I thought.
     
  6. Jul 27, 2012 #946 of 3975
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    Yes, I would imagine that most TV stations have converted their library to a datacenter instead of using tapes. That said, broadcast tapes are still being used, either the BETACAM or DCMPRO format. They are digital already by the way, the information on the tape is digital just like DAT tapes in the audio industry that have been used for about 10 years before the first MP3 was even invented. ;)

    It could also very well be that TV stations DO have a tape library still, because they haven't converted everything. I would imagine this is up to the stations to decide.
     
  7. Jul 27, 2012 #947 of 3975
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    OK;

    But thought that any video tape material, even if digital, is rarely if ever aired that way, but is run through "ingest" servers for storage as digitally compressed files in a main storage facility somewhere (typically an "SAN" architecture) where any editing, graphics insertion, etc. or other manipulation of the file takes takes place for long term storage and eventual transfer to "playout" servers for airing at the desired time.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2012 #948 of 3975
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    I would think most major stations have everything they are going to air stored on a digital medium of some sorts. But if it hasn't aired in years, it might not be on a digital medium yet, and they will digitize it to their data center before they air it. The cost of doing everything at once is probably too high for it to be a smart business decision. Doing it in stages, or "as needed for broadcast" is probably the way they go.
     
  9. Jul 27, 2012 #949 of 3975
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    The Osborne pieces are not usually reused. Remarkably, he often talks about the movie shown before and/or after the current movie. That would work for festivals that they repeat but his comments are often very topical.

    I think they just don't have an HD studio and rather than stretch it, they just leave it be.
     
  10. Jul 27, 2012 #950 of 3975
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    And as I recall cable had different rules, and there's where more strict.

    And there will never be a requirement for all channels to go Hi Definition. otherwise they never would have had sd digital specs in the firs place, Unfortunatly.
     
  11. Jul 27, 2012 #951 of 3975
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    Let's get back to anticipatin!

    When do we expect the next Festivus?

    Augustivus sounds good to me.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2012 #952 of 3975
    MysteryMan

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    "Soon"
     
  13. Jul 27, 2012 #953 of 3975
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    Anonivus?
     
  14. Jul 27, 2012 #954 of 3975
    Scott Kocourek

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    I've got a feeling....
     
  15. Jul 27, 2012 #955 of 3975
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    I'm hooked on a feeling...
     
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    L'chaim!


    That being said, I am not aware of any additions tonight. :confused: ;) :D

    ~Alan
     
  17. Jul 28, 2012 #957 of 3975
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    ...that tonight's gonna be a good time!
     
  18. Jul 28, 2012 #958 of 3975
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    Little by little. Closest to qualifying as a "Festivus" would be after D14 is successfully launched. Of course, that's wishful thinking. That DirecTV would immediately respond. That, at that point, whatever is nationally available in HD (carried only in SD) finally gets its high def added by DirecTV.
     
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    Festivii are by nature smaller. Maybe D14 will bring a lot but until then, we just have to hope DirecTV gets it in gear and keeps stuff coming.
     
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    This is the dawning of the Age of Sportiquarius.
     
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