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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Sea bass, Jul 19, 2012.

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  1. tonyd79

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    Yawn.
     
  2. damondlt

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    Really? that is you to a T. Only some of you guys would be bragging all around town about your upconverted ,so called HD!


    If you upconvert to 1080 from 480, what happends? Simple question?
     
  3. damondlt

    damondlt New Member

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    I rest my case!;)
     
  4. Mike Bertelson

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    Discuss the topic and not each other.

    :backtotop

    Mike
     
  5. tonyd79

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    I know what happens. I also know that the better converters are expensive and would be found at a place like TCM than in my home or yours. I also know that any signal that is not in the native format of your screen is being converted. I also know that directv SD is starved and that an SD film converted by world class converters from source that is. It starved and fed with good bandwidth to the home is going to be much better than SD that is starved and sent to me so my television, as good as it is, has to do the conversion.

    The result is a much improved picture. So much that most people including very critical ones would not know it was not HD.

    This has zero to do with directv except that it looks even better cause directv's SD is pretty much crap.

    Maybe, just maybe your sight of the product is tainted because you know what is going on. Your claim that unconverted DVDs look bad makes me wonder. Many of us find more flaws when we know one is there. I did it a lot with the old mpeg2 hd on directv, which was somewhat starved because of bandwidth considerations.

    Further, when TCM does put an hd master on a film, unless they announce it, good luck finding people who will actually be able to tell. I can find nothing where TCM says what they do. Only forum statements that are so pervasive that I believe them.
     
  6. MysteryMan

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    Either you need glasses or your TV needs calibrating. While the picture is upgraded on TCM HD as I posted there is a very noticeable difference between their standard channel and their HD channel.
     
  7. sigma1914

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    I have no interest in the channel, but there's no question...the HD feed looks better than the SD version.
     
  8. narrod

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    It looks substantially better than the SD feed. I'm quite pleased. Watched Roller Ball and The Magnificent Seven and both looked very good.
     
  9. sigma1914

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    Did I word that wrong? I'm saying the HD feed looks much better.
     
  10. MysteryMan

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    Yeah, you worded it wrong. :)
     
  11. tonyd79

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    Yeah. You did. I read it the way you meant it but them after the followup I realized i read your intent rather than your words.
     
  12. sigma1914

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    :lol: Sorry guys... I fixed it. It's been a long day. ;)
     
  13. FenixTX

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    Watching The Great Escape right now and this is the first time I've ever seen anything on TCM. The picture looks a little out of focus. Is that normal or just with this movie?
     
  14. Carl Spock

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    I started watching this, too, and it's just a plain old, fuzzy transfer. I've seen much better in the past few days on TCM HD. Give it another chance.
     
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    Ok...there it is...first you said upconvert looked like watching through a screen door...now you say it's just not "amazing". For you there's no in between???

    I just don't get your second statement......I live in the "real world" (and have for nearly 60 years), haven't watched anything in 480i in years.....all my dvd players are 480/p. And I'd prefer watching a 480/p dvd upconverted to 1080/p than just 480/p on it's own.
     
  16. crawdad62

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    In honesty I think we can all agree that in its present state TCM HD isn't the state of art HD but again if we're honest you have to agree in pretty much every case it's better than it was in SD on D*. I've seen some pretty decent stuff over the last few days. Right now "The Great Escape" no so much which is sort of surprising.

    I watch TCM most of the time, my DVR is filled with movies from TCM and I appreciate having it look better even if it's not "true HD." you can argue wether it was the best choice with limited bandwidth to add it in as it stands now but I think it would be pretty easy to say its PQ is at least helped for the better
     
  17. Laxguy

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    No, we can't all agree! There's one guy who's, uh, adamant that that isn't so.

    And I'd say that on some material, the PQ is tremendously enhanced. Still not HD, but a big improvement all around.
     
  18. Carl Spock

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    You want everyone in a thread to agree on a point? Are you crazy?

    In any case, whether other people are happy with the upconversion of TCM or not is totally meaningless in my living room. I'm happy. That's what counts.

    These are the same folks who in the 1990s dismissed my record collection as yesterday's technology. I didn't listen to them back then, either.
     
  19. n3vino

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    We all have our preferences. I've had D* since October of 2011 and I have yet to watch BBC. I prefer TMC in HD because they will show some movies in 16x9. There are some movies that I will watch in 4x3. This is the only basic channel left that will show movies without commercials. I don't watch movies with commercials. For movies I watch Netflix or my own Blueray/DVD's. I can handle TV shows with commercials, but why would anyone want to watch altered and cut movies with commericals on BBC or any other channel?
     
  20. n3vino

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    The only ones I agree with you on is H2 and ION. IFC is overloaded with commercials, I don't care for NGW, and like I said before, I have yet to watch BBC. We all have our preferences. Over all those you have mentioned, TMC is my preference.
     
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