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HD Discussion: A&E (Channel 265)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Doug Brott, Sep 18, 2007.

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  1. Doug Brott

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  2. Earl Bonovich

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    A&EHD - Channel 265 Confirmed
     
  3. bobkatF

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    Thank you Doug & Earl for all your hard work (and patience sifting through these threads).

    A&E is S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D. PLEASE, let the powers know how much we hate that!

    Thanks again very much,
    -Bob
     
  4. GC71388

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    why cant 24 be in HD :(
     
  5. BigJ52

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    Yep, thus far to me A&E is the only disappointment. They are showing 24 right now and picture should be a lot better than it is.
     
  6. powerplay

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    I would agree that at present the picture is not up to par. I find it interesting they are sending the signal in 720P and not in 5.1.
     
  7. NiteOwl

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    Looks like all the 24 reruns and Crossing Jordan's are non-HD, but CSI Miami, Sopranos and others are HD. Did they not acquire the HD rights to those programs? I know they were shot in HD...
     
  8. mhking

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    24 looks awful, and is that bug big enough?
     
  9. Steve

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    I'm shocked that 24 isn't 16:9. What are they thinking? /steve
     
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    Get used to a lot of head scratchers with this station.
     
  11. byrdpack

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    Let the network know you are unhappy about their quality of these shows. Now that D* has added these HD channels, many more subscribers can and should demand high quality HD from these channels.
     
  12. markrubi

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    24 is in HD on Fox. What ups with A&E's version?
     
  13. bwaldron

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    You may not believe this, but when the channel was first launched the bug was even larger (I've been getting this channel via another provider).
     
  14. kram

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    Some of the new HD channels:
    • Are stretched
    • Are pillar-boxed
    • Are not in Dolby 5.1

    Is this normal? Is D* planning to fix?
     
  15. jrmichael

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    A&E on the 9300's was really good. I hope that episode of 24 isn't what they really consider HD. That was pretty awful.
     
  16. joed32

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    D* can't "fix" broadcasts all they can do is send out what is on that channel. If they're not broadcasting in HD then you won't get HD
     
  17. wonko

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    Yes, both A&E and History stretch any 4:3 content they show. It's really bad when they show 16:9 stuff that was letterboxed to fit 4:3 and stretch it back to 16:9. There's not a TV in existence that looks good on.

    So, feel free to join myself and other E* subs who have already complained to A&E networks about this issue.
     
  18. Steve

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    +1. The only station that seems to get this right (Zoom, instead of stretch) is PBS-HD, which I receive OTA. They zoom letter boxed SD in proportion, so it looks like HD-LITE 16:9. The only way it should be done, IMO. Why is this so difficult for the other station engineers to figure out, I wonder? /steve
     
  19. Sirshagg

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    24 looked REALLY bad. It's a shame since it's always looked good on FOX in HD.
     
  20. gully_foyle

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    Stretching SD to pretend to have HD content is the video equivalent of the comb-over: Ugly and fooling no one.

    ESPN did this at launch, too, but eventually got the message that viewers hated it. Now they do the proper border-art thing with SD.

    Why do broadcast execs always think this is going to fool anyone? A&E's method is particularly poor, since they stretch ANY SD content, even commercials within HD programs, so you can't escape it even with a TV narrow mode.

    I really with that DirecTV had some standards written into contracts. Like what amounts to HD and what isn't. I wonder if people start deleting this station from their favorites list whether D* notices.

    U-G-L-Y
     
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