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Posted 02 December 2007 - 02:45 AM

Sorry if I missed this answer in the thread somewhere....
Is the content UN-EDITED?


Gutwrencher, the content is definitely UNEDITED, CoachGibbs' comments notwithstanding. I watched RoboCop, a film I've seen a number of times, this evening on MGM. It's an R-rated film that included graphic violence, nudity, and language (the "f" word is used) and it was absolutely unedited from its theatrical version. I've watched a number of other films (see my previous comment about "Manon of the Spring") and none have been edited. It's like HDNet Movies and Universal HD - uncut, commercial-free movies. It's one of the best of the new channels added by DirecTV and it's all HD.

It's not surprising that CoachGibbs has gone silent. That's what posters of bogus information usually do when confronted with the facts.

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 02:44 PM

Noticed HD tags for the first time on MGM. I guess that is what the 5 bucks is paying for! Now my HD movies searches work better. If only they get that onto all the Starz channels.
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 02:49 PM

I enjoy Starz, they do a great job of airing films in OAR. Most of the time the movies that are not marked HD, in fact, are. I have only seen a couple shown in Hi-Res 4X3.
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 02:53 PM

I enjoy Starz, they do a great job of airing films in OAR. Most of the time the movies that are not marked HD, in fact, are. I have only seen a couple shown in Hi-Res 4X3.


There is a lot of Starz that is real HD that is not marked. Not on the main channel, I think (I am not at my TV).

(I just checked, it is Starz Kids that often doesn't have the HD checked.)
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 01:40 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! :)

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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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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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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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