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#126 OFFLINE   tzphotos.com

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 01:51 PM

I like MGM HD. There are many old movies that I haven't seen in ages. :)

However, I'm not impressed with the video quality of half of the movies
that they broadcast in HD. Some of these movies are less than 20 years
old... the picture is very grainy and dark. Is this caused by bad transfer?
Or does MGM HD really broadcast "true" HD? (compared to HDNet Movies
or UHD)

Thanks! :)


I think that is the cool thing about the New MPEG 4 channels. You can see the film grain. Sometimes movie companies will take more time to clean up the film. But the fact that you are seeing the film grain goes to show that DirecTV is not skimping on bandwidth with the new channels.

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#127 OFFLINE   Pinion413

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 02:09 PM

I think that is the cool thing about the New MPEG 4 channels. You can see the film grain. Sometimes movie companies will take more time to clean up the film. But the fact that you are seeing the film grain goes to show that DirecTV is not skimping on bandwidth with the new channels.


Nor do they really have to skimp on bandwidth with MPEG4 since it requires significantly less compared to MPEG2. Better picture quality at lower bandwidth, that makes for pluses all around. :D

I for one am glad that all of their HD content will eventually migrate over to MPEG4.
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#128 OFFLINE   Wire Paladin

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 04:07 PM

However, I'm not impressed with the video quality of half of the moviesthat they broadcast in HD. Some of these movies are less than 20 yearsold... the picture is very grainy and dark. Is this caused by bad transfer?
Or does MGM HD really broadcast "true" HD? (compared to HDNet Movies
or UHD)

The quality will be a function of the quality of the film copy they have. Hopefully the master copy is in good shape.

The other day I was reading that the studios are complaining about the cost of storing digital master copies versus the film copies. They indicate it costs $12K a year to store digital master versus $1K a year for the film copies. Go figure.:)
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