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Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by tvjay, Apr 18, 2008.

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  1. HobbyTalk

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    When our family got it's first color TV, the only show in color was Johnny Carson. I remember that because I was able to stay up to watch it the first night we got the TV.... that was a treat since bed time was 9pm :)
     
  2. Stewart Vernon

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    Your second argument actually supports no need for either SciFi or USA in HD since UniversalHD shows Monk and BSG, for example, in HD later... so if you don't need BBC America in HD for Torchwood, no need for USA in HD for Monk or SciFi in HD for BSG since UniversalHD will air them later too.

    But I don't think that's what you were meaning...

    I'm curious, if/when BBC America goes HD if they will show their non-HD widescreen shows properly (example Dr Who) that SciFiHD is showing letterboxed... IF so, then I'd most certainly welcome having BBC America in HD even for duplicated programming, aired properly.
     
  3. jack95

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    Obviously not a great interest with the usual forum players, but my kids were pleased to finally see Monday Night RAW in HD last night. Kids had to go to bed after the Bill/Hillary vs Obama match, but I stayed up for the Diva's match. They have the timer set for ECW HD on SciFi too. I believe this HD programming will stay consistent...in the near term.
     
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    I remember watching some show and they poured a bowl of stuff out and on our black and white TV it looked like blood. A friend and I got in a argument in school because he had a color TV and was sure it was water. I have no idea what color it was, or what show. The comment about watching black and white on color TV's reminded me of it. I remember our first color TV too. It was a few years after color was available.
     
  5. phrelin

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    These are the kind of memories I have also. It took several years before most new programming was in color. I remember people being a bit more patient back then when compared to the HD discussion here, including my discussion here.
     
  6. Oblong Desoto

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    I think it was easier to be patient back then because some of the early color programming simply looked awful. The wardrobes, lighting, makeup, and sets were all designed specifically to look great in black-and-white, and it took awhile for the industry to adjust. Also, performances and dialog mattered more to viewers than eye candy back then.

    How about black-and-white movies in 3D on color TV. That was something! :D

    Back on topic, I'm switching to Dish this Saturday after being a DirecTV/TiVo guy for 5 years. The announcement about USA and SciFi was the deal maker for me. I've gotta have Burn Notice and Eureka in HD this summer, but I didn't want to settle for DirecTV's HR2x DVR unless I had no other choice. Thank you, Dish.
     
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    What do you know. I like all those shows minus psych. How about Dresden Files :) I'm very happy to get to watch BSG in HD, even if it's a little lacking.

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  8. Stewart Vernon

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    Dresden Files seemed like the kind of show I would like... but something about it just didn't work for me. Maybe I was all Buffy/Angel/Charmed out at the time or something of that kind of genre? But I never really gave Dresden Files more than a passing look.

    I probably would also like Stargate (either series) but I missed the early years when it was on SHO and I didn't have any premiums, and just never gave it a try after that.

    I tried to like Flash Gordon (the new series) but it lost me pretty quickly.

    I forget the name of it, but during the end of Psych/Monk this past season USA was running promos for some new show upcoming, looked to be sort-of about the witness protection program but in a semi-tongue-in-cheek style like their other shows. I plan on taking a look at that whenever it starts.
     
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    If you remember the name of it, post it (maybe in the tv talk forum) because it sounds like somthing interesting.
     
  10. pscully

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    I think you're talking about Burn Notice - "A spy recently disavowed by the US Government uses his Special Ops training to help others in trouble". New season starts in July.
     
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    Good call. I completely forgot about that one, I'm not sure how, they really were advertising it alot.
     
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    Both Burn Notice(first season now playing) and this new series look to be very good reasons to tune in to USA HD. SciFi.... not so much...
     
  14. Stewart Vernon

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    James beat me to it... "In Plain Sight". I used to see the promos a lot when I was watching USA, but once my Monk/Psych seasons ended I stopped paying attention for the most part. The previews for it made it look like something I would want to check out.
     
  15. James Long

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    I saw the promo often during Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl ... which was available in glorious HD (well, DBS HD).

    I believe the lead actress was on the West Wing ... which is what caught my attention. Hopefully better than it's promos. Glad it isn't on NBC ... it would be canceled without resolve after a few weeks. :(
     
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    I was in the same boat. I really wanted to like Flash and gave it every opportunity. Too bad it just sucked and got almost unwatchable to me.
     
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    That's my take also - its about scripts, acting, directing, etc. I do like 16:9 ratio, but some shows seem weird in HD without softness or raw grainyness. So I feel like this "early HD" has some "its so much better when you can see everyone's warts" attitude that really doesn't consider the what makes good "film." Of course, stuff with hot special effects is a whole other thing, but I find BSG's grainy appearance does not detract from the HD in the special effects.
    Yeah, that was...something. Well, an interesting experiment.:)
     
  18. TBoneit

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    Yup 3D B&W on color was almost as popular as the 3D experiments on Computers
     
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    Anyone else notice that the new episodes of BSG on Sci Fi on both the SD as well as HD channel aren't showing proper air dates?
     
  20. mtbarr64

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    Got it here too around 4/23/2008.

    Finally!!!!! Yeah!
     
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