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HD Discusson: Spike HD (241, was 325)


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#1 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 12:32 PM

Discussion thread for the new HD channel: Spike (Channel 325)

Topics: PQ, Programming, Stretch-0-vision (we hope not!), etc.

And don't forget our other coverage of the new DIRECTV HD channels:

The list of Launched Channels, and
Troubleshooting Tips for the New HD Channels.


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Posted 13 November 2007 - 03:33 PM

This channel is expected, November 14.
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 05:06 AM

This channel is now confirmed.
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 05:44 AM

right now infomercial on but 1080i signal

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 07:44 AM

Does anyone know if DS9 or Voyager were originally done in HD? Seeing them in HD on Spike would be sweet.
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:02 AM

Does anyone know if DS9 or Voyager were originally done in HD? Seeing them in HD on Spike would be sweet.


I know they were both originally shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Not sure what the recording medium was or if they were ever remastered in HD. They will probably not look any better than they do on DVD and can never be shown 16:9 unless stretched. I'm sure there is a real trekkie around here that knows better than I though.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:10 AM

What about Trucks, are they shot in HD?
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:26 AM

I don't expect to see any actual HD content on this channel for quite some time.
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:27 AM

next monday spike is gonna show a james bond marathon, i hope those are in HD and look as good as bond on mgm HD!!!

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:34 AM

Bring on Mixed Martial Arts.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:39 AM

Didn't word get out already that spike wasn't doing any HD until 2008? This channel would then have the same approach as Speed HD. Show everything in SD format on the HD channel until they broadcast HD content next year.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 09:12 AM

They carry CSI. Any chance of those being aired in HD? Kinda sucks that I can get all the CSI: Miami I could want on A&E HD but can only get the original show in HD on CBS.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 11:21 AM

Does anyone know if DS9 or Voyager were originally done in HD? Seeing them in HD on Spike would be sweet.


Unfortunately, the only Star Trek show shot for HD was Enterprise, and HDNET has the exclusive HD broadcast rights (which is why Sci-Fi's Monday marathon is 4:3 letterboxed in a 16:9 pillar). Also, the only Trek series that can (and has been) remastered in HD is TOS, as it was originally shot and mastered on film.

Next Gen, DS9, and Voyager were all shot on film, but the effects sequences and all other post production on these three series were completed in SD to save money. :(

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 11:32 AM

Unfortunately, the only Star Trek show shot for HD was Enterprise, and HDNET has the exclusive HD broadcast rights (which is why Sci-Fi's Monday marathon is 4:3 letterboxed in a 16:9 pillar). Also, the only Trek series that can (and has been) remastered in HD is TOS, as it was originally shot and mastered on film.

Next Gen, DS9, and Voyager were all shot on film, but the effects sequences and all other post production on these three series were completed in SD to save money. :(


The special effects were done in Avid on video tape. They would have to go back and remaster the film for HD and recreate from scratch the special effects.

That is the problem that JMS has been having with Babylon 5. The series was filmed in 16:9, but most of the special effects would have to be recreated for seasons 1 & 2 because the CGI was done on video tape.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 02:03 PM

The only thing I know of that will probably be in HD aside from CSI is TNA wrestling and maybe UFC.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 04:16 PM

That is the problem that JMS has been having with Babylon 5. The series was filmed in 16:9, but most of the special effects would have to be recreated for seasons 1 & 2 because the CGI was done on video tape.

Close. Actually the CGI and some effects were done digitally. They were output as CCIR-601 video to the Abekas tape format on 8mm data cassettes. Granted, that could be considered "digital video tape", but it's not what most people think of when you say video tape.

It's still all SD 4:3 content, of course.

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 04:49 PM

Does anyone know if DS9 or Voyager were originally done in HD? Seeing them in HD on Spike would be sweet.


If it helps, I have all of the series on DVD except for Voyager (ugh). Only Enterprise is in widescreen. The others are all 4:3. Nice 5.1 though...

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 04:51 PM

The only thing I know of that will probably be in HD aside from CSI is TNA wrestling and maybe UFC.


People actually watch the latter two? :)
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 06:02 PM

People actually watch the latter two? :)


I think they're two of Spike's highest rated programs..

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 07:09 PM

Well, the Ultimate Fighter comes on tonight, 10pm EST. Here's hoping it's in HD hehe. I knew this "100 HD channels" was too good to actually be true. In that, I mean broadcasting HD content. A lot of the programs I've looked over today on all these "new" HD channels aren't even HD, or are in a 16:9 pillar. I'll be happy once they are all done properly.




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