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HD Discusson: SciFi Channel (Channel 244)

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

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  1. Oct 3, 2007 #101 of 466
    Doug Brott

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    But it was shot in widescreen .. SciFi could fill up the 16:9 screen even if the content were SD.
     
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    Stuart Sweet

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    Random screen savers can usually be solved by a reboot.
     
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    Mykroft

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    I'm glad that wasn't just me.... yes, parts of it were way too dark and impossible to make out.
     
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    doo4usc

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    I messed up and didn't get last fridays SGA, does anyone have any info of a title or replay? Thx Doo
     
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    taylorhively

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    It was part 1 of a 2-parter. So at least when you watch this week's they should have a "previously on" catch up leading in to the episode.
    Here's a little info on the episode:
    http://www.sg1archive.com/atlantis/s4.shtml
    It doesn't look like a replay is planned any time soon. Just check the scifi schedulebot: http://www.scifi.com/schedulebot/index.php3 . Do searches on "atlantis" to see what's coming up.
     
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    doo4usc

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    Thx Bud!!
     
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    It appears, from the guide that the daytime programming for SciFi is SD and the prime time stuff is HD. Eureka season finale rebroadcasts, I think, tonight. I have dual conflicts for whenever the rebroadcast is, so I did not pay much attention.
     
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    bberkley

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    I just want to know if the shows I watch on SciFi will be in HD Friday night (i.e. SG Atlantis and Dr. Who). My channel guide doesn't show any HD content yet for SciFi HD.
     
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    clefebvre

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    I'm so happy to see this new hd channel, just in time for the new species move. now I just hope it will be broadcasted in hd.
     
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    digitalfreak

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    I hope I'm pleasantly surprised, but the guide data I'm seeing right now doesn't show any shows on SciFi HD as actually being in HD. The guide data for USA HD does...
     
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    JJJBBB

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    Yeah baby SciFi HD! Next Spike and our treky dreams will come true!
    What happend to Spike?
     
  12. Oct 3, 2007 #112 of 466
    skakusha

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    If you really want to see it and don't mind paying $1.99, you can download it from iTunes. Just have to make sure you select Season 4, since Season # seems to be the default. I just checked it out to confirm the availability.
     
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    PMX4

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    I recently e-mailed to the SciFi Channel concerning lack of closed captioning on their HD channel.

    Let me know if you get a response from NBC, just asking.

    By the way, some of the shows like Surface and few others on Universial-HD have closed captioning and I could read them just fine.
     
  14. Oct 3, 2007 #114 of 466
    joekun

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    Are they going to be airing the new HD versions of TOS?
     
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    kitchj

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    That's not the ONLY reason Flash Gordon is unwatchable :p It reminds me of a movie my friends and I made in 10th grade with our parent's old Camcorder. lol
     
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    MrKlaatu

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    Doctor Who is not shot in HD. They say it would be too expensive because of all the visual effects. Spinoff, Torchwood, is shot in HD and currently airs on HDNET. But it's not nearly as good.
     
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    Closed captioning in HD is a little different than cc in SD. In SD, the signal occupies line 21 but in HD, it is part of the picture as digital bits. As such, I don't think captioning will occur unless the TV sets and displays have this type of decoder, or the networks send out a separate cc stream.

    I'm also not certain if the law that requires cc also pertains to HD. Just a thought but I believe it was only for SD programming, although I'm sure they could update it as necessary.

    The cc issue could also be one that D* could remedy with their boxes and making access to the cc decoder an easy one-button setting.
     
  18. Oct 3, 2007 #118 of 466
    gphvid

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    Not shooting in HD is really a weak reason for Doctor Who. The effects are most likely done on the same equipment that do effects for Torchwood and even motion pictures. It is just whether they set the rendering to 720x486 vs 1920x1080.

    Once Doctor Who comes out of its one season hiatus, maybe they will finally go to HD shooting. They will be doing three special episodes like the Christmas Special, but not a full season next year, but then they will return with a full set of episodes in 2009. Perfect time to move to HD.
     
  19. Oct 3, 2007 #119 of 466
    NoNameEMT

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    1 word.... Awesome! Thanks D*!
     
  20. Oct 3, 2007 #120 of 466
    MizzouTiger

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    I was thinking the very same thing!!:(
     
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