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So, is Fox News in HD now or what?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mystic7, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Aug 1, 2008 #61 of 128
    theedger

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    All without being in HD. I'm not commenting on the BOF content. Just the wasted use of bandwidh for HD news channels. Just make them 480P 16:9 That's all we need anyway.
     
  2. Aug 1, 2008 #62 of 128
    djwww98

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    So what do you watch in HD? The Weather Channel? Now there's a waste of bandwidth. Shopping channels? OMG. USA? A bunch of old crime show reruns. Wouldn't want to miss out on that. TNT? Can't miss me no professional wrastlin' in HD. That's certainly a good use of bandwidth. :nono2:
    My point is, it's ALL a waste of bandwidth. All of it. None of it is necessary. It's entertainment. Your entertainment isn't everybody else's but if it wasn't for everybody else's desires subsidizing your desires, you wouldn't get to see what you want to see. Once you get used to watching HD, you don't want to see anything in SD, even it's just talking heads talking, heck, even commercials.
     
  3. Aug 1, 2008 #63 of 128
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    You have a right to your opinion. But I would bet that the majority would not agree with you. When CNN went HD, I don't recall people complaining that it was a waste. Same for The Weather Channel.
     
  4. Aug 1, 2008 #64 of 128
    tonyd79

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    If it were just talking heads, maybe. But CNN and both Fox Business and CNBC have made very good use of the space and the clarity to add information to the screen that is professional looking and less intrusive than big text needed to make SD graphics readable.

    Oh, and when HD gets more and more into the field, you will be seeing better pictures of natural disasters, wars, national and international events and more.
     
  5. Aug 1, 2008 #65 of 128
    wmj5

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    I can't believe Rupert Murdoch brought fox news in and took it to number 1, and then let cnn go hd this long and not have it, I don't watch it any more except to check ever now and then to see if they have it. I bet if everbody would stop watching it for one week you would see them move.
     
  6. Aug 1, 2008 #66 of 128
    Steve Mehs

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    Fox Business News HD does a GREAT job with presentation. I always liked Bloomberg's way of dispaying information, but FBN blows them away and it isn't so busy and overwhelming. I'm not a big business news guy, I watch from time to time, but FBN HD, IMO is more worth while then a lot of other HD channels, at least they're taking advantage of what they can work with, not like TNT HD. I can't wait for FNC HD
     
  7. Aug 1, 2008 #67 of 128
    tonyd79

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    From the pictures posted earlier, they are using too big a font and wasting space but at least they are making use of the extra space when a talking head is on.
     
  8. Aug 1, 2008 #68 of 128
    theedger

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    I'm glad you asked what I watch in HD. The Weather Channel? Nope - both SD and HD removed from my favorites list. Shopping Channels? Nope. USA? Nope. TNT? Nope.

    Not quite sure you mean by "everybody else's desires subsidizing my desires" comment. I spend $120 a month on my TV service. I watched CNN (sound down) when I was at work for election info. We usually have FNC on most of the time (sound down). Everytime I look at the tv it's somebody poppin' a vein or some hot chick trying to make me pop one. Funny thing about my post last night about 'missing white girls'. When I went to shut off the TV, FNC was on and Bill and Laura were snappin' at each other. I turned up the audio. When the battle of the minds finnished the tease was....... wait for it..... coming up, more on the story of the missing 2 year old girl. Just too funny. Nat'l news outlets are a joke.

    Anyway I watch "Weeds" and "Call Girl" on Showtime. Gordon Ramsey on FOX and BBCA, Looking forward to "The Shield" and "Rescue Me" in HD! I'm 'testing out' Dan Rather Reports. "Greek" on ABC fam. Can't wait for 311-HD. "Office", "30 Rock" on NBC. "Lost" on ABC. That's about it.
     
  9. Aug 1, 2008 #69 of 128
    Balestrom

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    I know you were asked about your viewing choices, but I think perhaps that question was closer to a hypothetical in order to make a point. Furthermore, I am not sure that anyone asked your opinions of Fox News. Perhaps you should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to the reader.

    I am sorry, perhaps that is a bit snippy… or not. Either way, I think the whole issue is quite simple.

    Fox News = #1 cable news channel
    #1 Cable news channel = very large viewer ship
    Large viewer ship = HD demand

    Rather a person wants to spend many hours watching Call Girls and Dan Rather or rather they want to watch Fox News, who wants to go from a clear picture in HD on a channel they don’t really watch to their favorite channel with a fuzzy picture? The difference between your opinion and others can be stated simply by Fox’s ratings. Based on the numbers… well you get the picture.
     
  10. Aug 2, 2008 #70 of 128
    djwww98

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    What I mean by "everybody else's desires subsidizing mine" is: If all the research and development and investment in the entire industry that went into producing and delivering HD was just for the type of entertainment YOU were interested in and not for anything you weren't interested in, it never would have happened... not a big enough audience, not enough money. The more people they serve, the more money they make to recoup their investments, and the more people they serve, the less it costs for each one. So in summary, if it wasn't for all the other stuff being there, you wouldn't have the stuff that you do have. Basic economics. BTW, I'm also looking forward to Rescue Me, 30 Rock, and The Office. And I also watch Weeds, and Call Girl. And I'm looking forward to FOX News in HD. And I think The Weather Channel is a waste of bandwidth, but I've learned to live with it.
     
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  12. Aug 2, 2008 #72 of 128
    QuickDrop

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    As a liberal who usually leans left of center I completely agree with you. DirecTV is a television service provider. Fox News is a major cable network. Since we know DirecTV has the bandwidth available, there should be no reason why they don't offer Fox News HD when they begin adding new HD in a couple of weeks. In this regard, Fox News should be viewed no differently than The Travel Channel, Lifetime, AMC, etc. Fox's editorial content should have nothing to do with it.
     
  13. Aug 2, 2008 #73 of 128
    JDubbs413

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    Left of center cause you are a liberal or left of center because you are crazy and have had too much to drink? :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  14. Aug 2, 2008 #74 of 128
    mystic7

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    Wow, it's rare that a thread I started still lives on almost 2 months later. Speaking of TNT did mine eyes deceive, or did they actually present The Wizard of Oz in its original aspect ratio last week? Assuming it was shot in 4:3. Looked pretty bad, though.
     
  15. Aug 2, 2008 #75 of 128
    Tiger62

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    I think the word you're looking for is "whether". You know, like Dan Whether.:rolleyes:
     
  16. Aug 2, 2008 #76 of 128
    QuickDrop

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    Not keeping with American popular discourse, I know "left of center" is a separate category from liberal so I felt I should make both positions clear. I sometimes wonder whether those Fox News acolytes who like to mock liberals know that in France leftists sometimes take to the street protesting "liberalism."

    TNT has been known to show certain films they deem untouchable classics in their original aspect ratio. These films seem limited to The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and Titanic.
     
  17. Aug 2, 2008 #77 of 128
    hdtvfan0001

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    A thread gone amuck.... :eek2:
     
  18. Aug 2, 2008 #78 of 128
    QuickDrop

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    And I though I was keeping it fair and balanced.
     
  19. Aug 2, 2008 #79 of 128
    Athlon646464

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    Time to shut this one down...................... :backtotop

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  20. Aug 2, 2008 #80 of 128
    theedger

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    Please allow me to sum up:

    No cable news channel should be HD. 480P 16:9 with little compression will be a stunning picture and take up less bandwidth.

    I was not making any political observation of FOX News. Just that ALL cable News outlets often fill the time with trivial banter. This thread was about FOX News HD, so I left the others out of it.

    Although I don't watch The Weather Channel, I can see weather-related specials could be a good use of HD. But if it's all maps... 16:9 480p with light compression is all that is needed.

    Just because it's HD doesn't make the content better.
     

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