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HD Discussion: The History Channel (Channel 269)


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#76 OFFLINE   bigcementpond

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 01:12 PM

The Universe is on right now, and it looks great. No more stretching. Hopefully the problem has been fixed.

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#77 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 07:45 AM

I was actually underimpressed by "The Universe". The animation's kind of amateurish. Also about once every 5 minutes or so I got a sort of quick diagonal stretch to the picture, fraction of a second. It was in the recording, I could see it if I backed up. It didn't look like a signal strength issue, not pixelated, more like their encoding was messed up.
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#78 OFFLINE   Steve Ruddy

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 10:44 AM

I won't be watching anything strectched and I haven't been lucky enough to catch anything not stretched. I sent this message to both links in this thread.

I was excited to learn the History Channel was going HD. I haven't watched the History Channel since HD content became available on other channels. When I saw that the programming on the History HD Channel was stretched I immediately took it off the channels I watch list and it will remain there until it keeps it's content in the original aspect ratio. I would rather see black bars than a stretched picture.

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 11:04 AM

I don't watch History HD. The picture is distorted.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:20 AM

I don't watch History HD. The picture is distorted.


Does anyone have any idea when this will be corrected? I am blown away that any reasonable person in charge of any programing can allow the stretch o vision. And this question goes for A&E and any other channel doing stretch o vision. I did see CSI on A&E and it was proper HD with the proper aspect. Also "the universe: had the double letterbox going. It had black bars on the top and bottom. So if you changed to 4:3 you would see the proper 16:9 picture with black bars all around.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 12:53 AM

I would really like to know if anyone who sent messages to A&E Networks or The History Channel (if they actually have a contact) have received replies about this issue. Unless I put the HR20 in 480p and use my TV's aspect control to zoom in, the picture is hopeless to watch...but then using that format defeats the whole idea of watching it in HD. Someone at History or A&E, please hear us and help us out!

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:52 PM

You can find more info on the stretch-o-vision issue at http://www.digitalcaffeine.com/hd/ including who you can contact. That site also has a link to a petition to stop this practice. If you don't like stretch-o-vision please sign the petition. The more that sign, the more serious the broadcasters will take us.

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 05:10 PM

I recorded the 2007 Modern Marvels show about distilling and the Hillbilly show yesterday. Both are in proper aspect and HD quality. Very nice!!!! So not everything is FUBAR.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 10:22 AM

That seems to be the SOP for the stretch-o-vision channels. If they're broadcasting a true HD show then it is in the proper aspect ratio. If not, then it's stretched.

This makes it a pain to watch any of their shows. Is it listed in HD? Yes, then the HD channel, no, then the SD channel. Is it really HD? No, then back to the SD channel. Try programming the HR20 to do that. :(

SciFi has it right. The HD channel broadcasts all shows in the proper aspect ratio. No stretching there. I can have only the HD channel in my favorites with out the clutter of both SD and HD channels.

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 01:16 AM

What is wrong with the audio on History HD?
My receiver is showing Dolby PL II Cinema instead of Dolby Digital & man the quality is bad!

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