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Sony Movie channel HD is live now


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#141 OFFLINE   gfrang

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:11 PM

I like the Sony movie channel ,decent movies,nice pq ,DD5.1 and 1080i.I already seen all the movies that i watched before but didn't bother me to see them again.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 03:39 PM

hdtvfan0001:

You might be right that it is being broadcasting in 1080i, I am not disputing that, but:
1. Not one movie is in HD ( yes I know they are old movies)
2. HDNet Movies also shows old movies , and they are all in HD. Prime example: Towering Inferno, an old movie looked sensational in HD
Sony might be broadcasting in 1080i, but the picture quality stinks.....

Edited by steinmeg, 21 October 2010 - 03:44 PM.


#143 OFFLINE   hdtvfan0001

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 04:41 PM

hdtvfan0001:

You might be right that it is being broadcasting in 1080i, I am not disputing that, but:
1. Not one movie is in HD ( yes I know they are old movies)
2. HDNet Movies also shows old movies , and they are all in HD. Prime example: Towering Inferno, an old movie looked sensational in HD
Sony might be broadcasting in 1080i, but the picture quality stinks.....

Fact is many movies are shot in 35MM or other size film media (especially those from "yesteryear").

Another fact is that many of those formats are actually a higher resolution than today's HD. For that reason, they can be digitized and presented on Blu ray or broadcast in HD, and look amazing.

I've seen numerous classic movies from 30,40, and even 50 years ago...and they never looked better.

Specific to Sony Movie Channel...

I have now watched over a dozen programs, and there is little doubt that they have a mixed bag of original source content - some has been great HD presentations while the program I looked at about an hour ago looked near-SD quality...certainly not HD.

It comes down to how they want to do the digital presentations. In the case of HDNet - they seem to insist on 99% high-quality imagery, Sony Movie Channel seems to (so far) accept a mixed bag of image quality presentations.

I don't believe one could make any kind of generalized statement that its always great or always poor, without mis-stating the facts.
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#144 OFFLINE   Richierich

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 05:37 PM

I Agree Wholeheartedly as those are my sentiments also!!!

Fact is many movies are shot in 35MM or other size film media (especially those from "yesteryear").

Another fact is that many of those formats are actually a higher resolution than today's HD. For that reason, they can be digitized and presented on Blu ray or broadcast in HD, and look amazing.

I've seen numerous classic movies from 30,40, and even 50 years ago...and they never looked better.

Specific to Sony Movie Channel...

I have now watched over a dozen programs, and there is little doubt that they have a mixed bag of original source content - some has been great HD presentations while the program I looked at about an hour ago looked near-SD quality...certainly not HD.

It comes down to how they want to do the digital presentations. In the case of HDNet - they seem to insist on 99% high-quality imagery, Sony Movie Channel seems to (so far) accept a mixed bag of image quality presentations.

I don't believe one could make any kind of generalized statement that its always great or always poor, without mis-stating the facts.


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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:07 AM

I am not sure why CC is mandatory on SD broadcasts (within the allowed age of the program) and not for HD.


Closed-captioning is normally required on HD, same as SD. However, there's an exemption for "new channels" -- they're not required to caption programming for their first four years of existence.

That said...I would strongly suggest contacting SMC and expressing your displeasure with the fact that they're not captioning their programming. (It's not like this is a channel being run by a small startup company -- Sony definitely has the resources to have the programming on this channel closed-captioned.)
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 11:22 AM

Since I already subscribe to HD Extra Pack, I thought I'd take a look at the new Sony Movie Channel this morning.

I'm auditing The Fisher King right now and the video quality is absolutely stunning, and the DD 5.1 appears to be operating properly.

The movie looks very "Coen Brotheresque", so I'm going to record it when it comes on next week.

If this movie is typical of the offerings on this channel, I'll be very pleased with its addition.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:22 PM

Since I already subscribe to HD Extra Pack, I thought I'd take a look at the new Sony Movie Channel this morning.

I'm auditing Charm School (2007) right now and the video quality is absolutely stunning, and the DD 5.1 appears to be operating properly.

The movie looks very "Coen Brotheresque", so I'm going to record it when it comes on next week.

If this movie is typical of the offerings on this channel, I'll be very pleased with its addition.

Happened upon it too....looked very solid here as well.

This supports the comments I made earlier that most content in crisp and clean HD...with a few stragglers being softer or not great HD being the "exception". A very few posters seemed to make it sound like the HD on this new channel was "terrible" or "poor".
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 03:25 PM

Glad to see the new addition. I know some here arent all to happy about it, but at least its not another HD PPV channel. :lol:
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 03:49 PM

Just gutted the Graduate after a few minutes. What's funny is the film starts in OAR, then w/ flick of light switch in seen w/his dad it goes to hell. I'll wait for it on HDNET in November.
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Posted 22 October 2010 - 04:50 PM

Just gutted the Graduate after a few minutes. What's funny is the film starts in OAR, then w/ flick of light switch in seen w/his dad it goes to hell. I'll wait for it on HDNET in November.


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Posted 23 October 2010 - 01:02 AM

Yep, they do that so the opening credits don't get cropped.


That always gets my hopes up. They there's the big letdown as soon as the credits end.
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#152 OFFLINE   GregLee

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 05:08 PM

Now showing "The Remains of the Day", with great cast, direction, locations, picture and sound quality.
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Posted 24 October 2010 - 05:27 PM

Now showing "The Remains of the Day", with great cast, direction, locations, picture and sound quality.

Thanks...yes...that's a good flick.
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Posted 27 October 2010 - 01:38 PM

When HDNet aired it in 2.35, in the exact same master that was released on Blu-Ray.

...and you know this how exactly?


What's your deal with the sarcasm? I know it because I'VE SEEN THEM. Is that so crazy to believe? lol. (And I actually review Blu-Rays and DVDs so I actually have some idea what I'm talking about).

It's the same master. It has the same logos at the beginning. It looks identical. It's composed exactly the same way. It doesn't look like a blurry mess like the Sony Movie Channel master that looks like it's literally from over a decade ago.

You don't exactly need to be Sherlock Holmes or an "insider at blu-ray.com" to deduce that.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:03 PM

What's your deal with the sarcasm? I know it because I'VE SEEN THEM. Is that so crazy to believe? lol. (And I actually review Blu-Rays and DVDs so I actually have some idea what I'm talking about).

It's the same master. It has the same logos at the beginning. It looks identical. It's composed exactly the same way. It doesn't look like a blurry mess like the Sony Movie Channel master that looks like it's literally from over a decade ago.

You don't exactly need to be Sherlock Holmes or an "insider at blu-ray.com" to deduce that.


...then you're guessing. Just say that next time. You do not know that it is the same master. The logos at the beginning do not indicate that you are looking at the same master. Your visual inspection is simply not adequate either. Who do you review for?
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 02:04 PM

I looked at the channel the first day it came on but didn't check it out again until yesterday and now the channel is gone and I get the I haven't bought the channel message.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 03:23 PM

I looked at the channel the first day it came on but didn't check it out again until yesterday and now the channel is gone and I get the I haven't bought the channel message.


Do you have the HD Extra Pack? Are the other channels around it live (Smith, UHD)? If so, sounds like you need to refresh services.
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