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HD Discussion: A&E (Channel 265)


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#1 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 01:40 PM

Discussion thread for the new HD channel: A&E (Channel 265)

Topics: PQ, Programming, Stretch-0-vision (we hope not!), etc.

And don't forget our other coverage of the new DIRECTV HD channels:

The list of Launched Channels,
Troubleshooting Tips for the New HD Channels,
and just for fun, The "I Got Them!" Challenge.


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#2 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 04:40 AM

A&EHD - Channel 265 Confirmed
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 05:46 AM

Thank you Doug & Earl for all your hard work (and patience sifting through these threads).

A&E is S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D. PLEASE, let the powers know how much we hate that!

Thanks again very much,
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:05 AM

why cant 24 be in HD :(

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:07 AM

why cant 24 be in HD :(


Yep, thus far to me A&E is the only disappointment. They are showing 24 right now and picture should be a lot better than it is.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:25 AM

I would agree that at present the picture is not up to par. I find it interesting they are sending the signal in 720P and not in 5.1.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:35 AM

Looks like all the 24 reruns and Crossing Jordan's are non-HD, but CSI Miami, Sopranos and others are HD. Did they not acquire the HD rights to those programs? I know they were shot in HD...

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:38 AM

24 looks awful, and is that bug big enough?
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:41 AM

I'm shocked that 24 isn't 16:9. What are they thinking? /steve
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 06:59 AM

I'm shocked that 24 isn't 16:9. What are they thinking? /steve



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Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:01 AM

Let the network know you are unhappy about their quality of these shows. Now that D* has added these HD channels, many more subscribers can and should demand high quality HD from these channels.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:03 AM

24 is in HD on Fox. What ups with A&E's version?


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Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:11 AM

and is that bug big enough?


You may not believe this, but when the channel was first launched the bug was even larger (I've been getting this channel via another provider).

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 08:14 AM

Some of the new HD channels:
  • Are stretched
  • Are pillar-boxed
  • Are not in Dolby 5.1

Is this normal? Is D* planning to fix?

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 08:57 AM

A&E on the 9300's was really good. I hope that episode of 24 isn't what they really consider HD. That was pretty awful.
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 09:04 AM

Some of the new HD channels:

  • Are stretched
  • Are pillar-boxed
  • Are not in Dolby 5.1

Is this normal? Is D* planning to fix?


D* can't "fix" broadcasts all they can do is send out what is on that channel. If they're not broadcasting in HD then you won't get HD

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 09:13 AM

Yes, both A&E and History stretch any 4:3 content they show. It's really bad when they show 16:9 stuff that was letterboxed to fit 4:3 and stretch it back to 16:9. There's not a TV in existence that looks good on.

So, feel free to join myself and other E* subs who have already complained to A&E networks about this issue.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 09:48 AM

It's really bad when they show 16:9 stuff that was letterboxed to fit 4:3 and stretch it back to 16:9. There's not a TV in existence that looks good on.

+1. The only station that seems to get this right (Zoom, instead of stretch) is PBS-HD, which I receive OTA. They zoom letter boxed SD in proportion, so it looks like HD-LITE 16:9. The only way it should be done, IMO. Why is this so difficult for the other station engineers to figure out, I wonder? /steve
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Posted 26 September 2007 - 03:58 PM

24 looked REALLY bad. It's a shame since it's always looked good on FOX in HD.
Who is this "Vod Kanockers" that you speak of?

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 04:18 PM

Stretching SD to pretend to have HD content is the video equivalent of the comb-over: Ugly and fooling no one.

ESPN did this at launch, too, but eventually got the message that viewers hated it. Now they do the proper border-art thing with SD.

Why do broadcast execs always think this is going to fool anyone? A&E's method is particularly poor, since they stretch ANY SD content, even commercials within HD programs, so you can't escape it even with a TV narrow mode.

I really with that DirecTV had some standards written into contracts. Like what amounts to HD and what isn't. I wonder if people start deleting this station from their favorites list whether D* notices.

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