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HD Discusson: MGM HD (Channel 255)


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#51 OFFLINE   mrrydogg

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:56 PM

Doesn't Sony own MGM? Why not just create a SONY-HD channel with United Artists, MGM and Columbia's libraries available?

Now THAT would be a channel!!!
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:00 PM

Doesn't Sony own MGM? Why not just create a SONY-HD channel with United Artists, MGM and Columbia's libraries available?

Now THAT would be a channel!!!


A Sony channel would probably go dark within a year...at least in my experience with the longevity of their products. ;)

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:05 PM

If I am correct, Sony owns MGM studios which is not the same as owning their past catalog. I believe that much, if not all of the MGM catalog is owned by Time Warner, as I believe it was purchased by Turner and he retained control of the film library and sold the studio.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:09 PM

If I am correct, Sony owns MGM studios which is not the same as owning their past catalog. I believe that much, if not all of the MGM catalog is owned by Time Warner, as I believe it was purchased by Turner and he retained control of the film library and sold the studio.


Yep, we need TCM HD for the "classic" MGM library.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:24 PM

A Sony channel would probably go dark within a year...at least in my experience with the longevity of their products. ;)


And would put a rootkit on everyone's HR20 before it did. :new_cussi

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:46 PM

Oh no you di'nt!!!
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:14 PM

And here I thought I'd need a Blu-ray player to get MGM movies in hi-def. Guess not. Now if only there were a Disney HD movie channel and a Sony HD movie channel.


I sold my PS3 a couple weeks ago, and this is just another reason. :)

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:15 PM

And would put a rootkit on everyone's HR20 before it did. :new_cussi


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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:32 PM

That's what I was thinking. Who cares if it's full uncompressed audio? Almost no one has a theater system good enough to take advantage of the difference. And as you said, on top of that, almost no one would be able to hear the difference, even if they did have one.


Funny, the people who buy those cheapo Westinghouse LCDs that only do 480p probably wonder why anyone would care about 1080i/p. Jus' sayin'. :rolleyes:

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:50 PM

Look closely at these movies. Freeze motion frames.

MGM is one-by-one redigitizing all of these movies. They have thousands to go.

They should all be the highest quality we will see because the source will be such high quality.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 11:07 PM

First thing I saw when I got up this morning: Billion Dollar Brain. One of the inspirations for Austin Powers.

Good start. :)


The Harry Palmer series, haven't seen them in a long time.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:37 AM

With the possible exception of Comedy Central, which may not have much HD content anyway, there is no channel I would rather have than an HD TCM. I agree with the person who disdains AMC. Even with a DVR to fast forward, I can't stand movies with commercials and refuse to watch them.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:35 AM

Picture quality is fabulous. Caught a little of "The Black Stallion" yesterday afternooon and the picture was stunning. Also watched "Assasination Tango" last night. When the picture quality is excellent and the sound is good, I'll watch anything......as long as it's in HD.
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:53 AM

i watched a couple movies on MGMHD yesterday. The PQ looks really good and the content is good. Commercial free unedited movies !

I agree with NCLou can't stand to watch a movie cut up with commercials

(talk to me when the bond movies start running i'll be even more enthusiastic about content then)

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:25 AM

That's what I was thinking. Who cares if it's full uncompressed audio? Almost no one has a theater system good enough to take advantage of the difference. And as you said, on top of that, almost no one would be able to hear the difference, even if they did have one.


Well, I do, and I hear a difference. It's really painful for me to watch DirecTV feeds on my home theatre, and, as a result, I rarely do. The difference in PQ and audio between broadcast and Blu-ray is night and day.

Guess I shouldn't be too surprised by folks who don't care about audio quality, given the fact that most people are happy listening to 64kb MP3s.
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:38 AM

Well, I do, and I hear a difference. It's really painful for me to watch DirecTV feeds on my home theatre, and I rarely do. The difference in PQ and audio between broadcast and Blu-ray is night and day.


I would have to agree with you about blu-ray, but I don't find watching DTV painful. (The old SD feeds on some of the channels like Sci-fi, yes, however I am happy with the HD feeds.) The DTV HD broadcast is great, and I enjoy the new HD and find the MPEG-4 PQ much better. In regards to comparing to blu-ray though, there is a big difference. Uncompressed PCM audio and the visuals are far superior. It just comes down to the individual, and their home theater set-up.

Think of it like this, would you prefer a DVD to an SD feed of a channel?

With all that said, I would prefer to watch the new MPEG-4 HD feeds over a standard DVD any day.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 11:52 AM

Guess I shouldn't be too surprised by folks who don't care about audio quality, given the fact that most people are happy listening to 64kb MP3s.


now wait a minute...i recorded all of my mp3s at 192kb :)

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 02:53 PM

I got a movie request. "Spaceballs"

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:42 PM

I got a movie request. "Spaceballs"


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I would like to see some horror movies. I am a horror movie buff and well it is the month of Halloween. :grin:

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:51 PM

Just watched "Throw Momma From The Train" and I have 2 Bond films set to record. This is one of the better new HD channels IMO.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:05 PM

Madness of King George - pixellates at odd times - like when the Queen is walking in front of her sons - no explosions or fire - just walking??

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:15 PM

I had high hopes for this channel but after seeing what they have to offer so far Im not very impressed. Pajama Party!?! Come on now. A 1977 Chuck Norris movie?! It will be interesting, however, to see Cheech & Chong :D & some of the older James Bond films
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 06:24 PM

Well, I do, and I hear a difference. It's really painful for me to watch DirecTV feeds on my home theatre, and, as a result, I rarely do. The difference in PQ and audio between broadcast and Blu-ray is night and day.

Guess I shouldn't be too surprised by folks who don't care about audio quality, given the fact that most people are happy listening to 64kb MP3s.


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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:41 PM

The Harry Palmer series, haven't seen them in a long time.


Ah, the poor Harry Palmer :lol: . That was a good series of movies. I recorded a Michael Caine movie on MGM early this morning, Play Dirty, a 1969 WWII movie. PQ as great for that old a movie. The end of the movie is unexpected.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:45 PM

Recorded Convoy this morning and the Rubber Duck will be heading a convoy into my living room later tonight. 10-4 good buddy, put the hammer down and watch out for those bears in a plain brown wrapper!

Later this week Breaker! Breaker! will be making it's debut and I've got my ears and eyes on for it.




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