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HD Discussion: The History Channel (Channel 269)


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#51 OFFLINE   jl1718

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 05:56 PM

Anyone catch Dogfights today? May have been my imagination, but it looked fantastic.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 06:02 PM

Some of those shows look beautiful though... like the newer Modern Marvels episodes...

THE UNIVERSE starts in one hour, and I know that was filmed in HD... not to mention it's an AMAZING show, so I suggest everyone record it or watch it... :D

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:18 PM

I am watching i"The Universe" right now...great looking...except for the black bars at the top and bottom of the picture. What the heck is with that?
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:20 PM

Universe doesn't look HD at all really. It looks stretched. I hope Human Weapon is in HD, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:30 PM

I am watching i"The Universe" right now...great looking...except for the black bars at the top and bottom of the picture. What the heck is with that?


Yes, you're experiencing the famous A&E/History "Stupid Stretch-o-Vision". That's where they take a 16:9 program that was letterboxed for 4:3 SD and then stretch it back out to 16:9. Pretty sweet huh?

If you're not enjoying it, like the brainless sheep they think we are, please let them know at ae.viewerrelations@AETV.com.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:42 PM

I'm watching The Universe right now too and it is definitely stretch-o-vision. While I understand there is not a lot of "HD Content" out there, do they really need to stretch a letterbox program? Just looks awful. I sent my thoughts to the previously provided link. Thanks for sharing that, everyone needs to send in a comment. http://www.history.c...om&NetwCode=THC

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 08:45 PM

Human Weapon is in HD. Phew!
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:21 PM

Anyone catch Dogfights today? May have been my imagination, but it looked fantastic.


Dogfights in HD was for me the most anticipated show with the new HD launch and it didn't disappoint. I guess not all of the episodes are HD but the one I saw this morning that was couldn't have looked better.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 10:21 PM

Yesterday I was watching an HD program (can’t remember which one), anyways right after it ended the next show that was not in HD was properly cropped. Then about 5 or 10 seconds into the show they did what I can best describe as an anamorphic squeeze I used to do on my old 4:3 TV when watching letterbox DVD’s. Why!

I will say that their HD programming does look great though.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:08 PM

I am watching i"The Universe" right now...great looking...except for the black bars at the top and bottom of the picture. What the heck is with that?


Great looking? I thought it was horrible. I'll stick to the SD version instead of the stretched Universe. I was really looking forward to this too. I guess eventually they'll get a clue.

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 02:21 AM

I am watching i"The Universe" right now...great looking...except for the black bars at the top and bottom of the picture. What the heck is with that?


I was surprised by that as well!! Back when I watched the SD versions, it said "Filmed in HD" at the beginning of the program, but now it looks all stretched out AND letterboxed.

What's the deal?!? :nono2:

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 11:31 AM

Yes, you're experiencing the famous A&E/History "Stupid Stretch-o-Vision". That's where they take a 16:9 program that was letterboxed for 4:3 SD and then stretch it back out to 16:9. Pretty sweet huh?

If you're not enjoying it, like the brainless sheep they think we are, please let them know at ae.viewerrelations@AETV.com.


OMG! this was pissing me off. some of my favorite shows are on this channel.
What kind of idiot in thier control room stretches material already in the 16:9 format?! Come On! :nono2: :nono2:
I get the whole argument about stretching 4:3 material. some people like it and some don't But I'm positive that even the 4:3 stretch people have to disagree with the butchering of great looking 16:9 content. :confused:
"hey knuckle head in the control room! hit the crop button, not the stretch button on 16:9 content!"
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 01:34 PM

Unless the AETV people can be bothered to respond to the complaints and explain their decision, I would surmise that the engineering people were completely out of the loop, and the call was made by the marketing department to cater to the lowest common denominator. Either that or they think their viewers are stupid.

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 01:46 PM

Band of Brothers is stretched. Looks horrible. What a waste of bandwidth! :(

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 02:14 PM

no it isn't

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 02:19 PM

no it isn't


Yeah, Band of Brothers is in Stetch-o-vision....what a bummer...i can't watch it either.

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 02:20 PM

no it is NOT

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 02:29 PM

It looks fine to me...much clearer than the other 8-9 times I have watched it on THC.
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 02:30 PM

no it is NOT


Ok, sounds good. I'm looking at my Band of Brothers DVD Set and it says 16:9 on all the DVDs. Why would the presentation on HIST HD have letterbox bars on my 16:9 TV if it was filmed in 16:9?

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 07:35 PM

Ok, sounds good. I'm looking at my Band of Brothers DVD Set and it says 16:9 on all the DVDs. Why would the presentation on HIST HD have letterbox bars on my 16:9 TV if it was filmed in 16:9?


Yes Band of Brothers looked a mess. This could have so easily looked good if they had just shown it in HD in the correct aspect ratio. Boggles the mind.

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 08:45 PM

I've watched a few shows on History HD now that were clearly shot in 16:9, letterboxed for 4:3 and then stretched to be the width of 16:9, while leaving the letterbox bars on top and bottom. This is pretty silly of them. I tried to find a contact link on their website, but it just sent me to a FAQ that only allows me to pick from a list of pre-set questions. I can't find an address to send an email to complain about the crappy "strech-o-vision". Anybody have an email address we can load up with complaints? A high-up individual at History Channel would be ideal, but a generic comment line will work too.

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 10:24 PM

Anybody have an email address we can load up with complaints? A high-up individual at History Channel would be ideal, but a generic comment line will work too.


ae.viewerrelations@AETV.com. See my post #55 above.

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 02:43 PM

Band of Brothers was much better on HBOHD!!!!

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 01:39 PM

Anyone catch Dogfights today? May have been my imagination, but it looked fantastic.


It was HD all the way... I recorded one show and it was supposedly also HD.
It was stretched to the edges with black bars on the top and bottom. If I switched the aspect on my TV from 16:9 TO 4:3, it looked like a normal 16:9 picture. Although it now has black bars on the top, bottom and sides. A&E
was the same way.

But for this recent DogFights and the Comet disaster program they were both HD in proper 16:9 aspect. Very cool indeed.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 02:13 PM

The Alaska show last night was stretched letterbox. So trying to watch on an SD TV, it was doubly letterboxed. :mad:




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