0x0290 Feature Discussion: Support for 1080p/24

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  1. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

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    Yes, I do the test as always. And the only way to get it to accept the 1080p is to hit info during the search. But it does not specify /24 or /60. Regardless, my specs on the tv do say that it will accept a 1080p signal, but you are probably correct that it is just adjusting it to a 1080i display.
    So back to my original question, does everyone's manuals that accept 1080p/24 or /60 actually say that in the specifications or are you all having to experiment to find out individually?
     
  2. fluffybear

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    Bucket List and MI3 were on the 1080 test channel. DirecTV discontinued the test channel sometime last weekend. I suspect this was done in preparation for the National Release.

    I suspect (personal opinion only) we might see some 1080p offerings in the next few weeks.
     
  3. HDinATL

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    There are currently 4 1080p movies that show up for me in the program search.

    The Happening two times one is cbr the other is vbr (it's vod'ing this as I write), Harry Potter which I vod'ed yesterday and looks great, and Baby Mama. All I did was put 1080P in the search and they came up.
     
  4. STEVEN-H

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    I can not find any. Could you please tell us where you entered 1080p in search to find these?
    TIA
     
  5. HDinATL

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    Sure,

    Open your browser, go to the dtv search site (m.directv.com), enter your name and pw, do a program search for 1080P. That's all I did and I can see all 4 of them.
     
  6. rahlquist

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    Output from the HD DVR at 1080P is announced by both resolution lights on the right of the unit being on during playback, anything less than BOTH mean its outputting it over the HDMI in a lower resolution.
     
  7. STEVEN-H

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    OK I found them! Thank you. I was doing the search from the TV not the web site.
     
  8. rahlquist

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    Ohoh nooooooooooo

    /me watches as bandwidth on the whole internet gets sucked down by 1080p downloads.........

    Glad to see someone found something to test 1080p with ;)
     
  9. rahlquist

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    m.directv.com has a very limited interface search is the first button after login.

    BTW a hint, http://m.directv.com is optimized for use on mobile devices..... So if you forget to schedule something bust out the cell and login and select and away you go.
     
  10. Hdhead

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    Nice find! Got 48 Hours downloading now. Why are there 2 versions of some movies?
    A CBR and VBR version?
     
  11. rahlquist

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    Different compressions schema. Variable Bit Rate means the compression bitrate can fluctuate so that maximum compression is archived. Constant Bit Rate means the bit rate never changes and the compression is usually not as tight but more predictable in terms of errors. At least thats my rough understanding.
     
  12. Hdhead

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    Thanks, what ever that means.:confused: Which is a better choice then? This whole deal is getting way above the the average consumers intelligence level. That said, just the fact that I am downloading a 1080p movie right now via wireless makes me an almost intelligent user. :D
     
  13. schneid

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    I got all these:


    Search for: [1080p]
    Page 1/1

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    The Happening 1080p LS[HD] - VOD
    Scorpion King 2, The: Rise of ...[HD] -
    VOD
    The Scorpion King 1080p[HD] - VOD
    Sex And The City 1080p VBR[HD] - VOD
    MissionImpossibleIII1080p[HD] - VOD
    The Happening 1080p CBR[HD] - VOD
    Harry Potter 1080p[HD] - VOD
    The Happening 1080p VBR[HD] - VOD
    Baby Mama 1080p CBR[HD] - VOD
    Harry Potter 1080p VBR[HD] - VOD
    Sex And The City 1080p CBR[HD] - VOD
    48 Hours. 1080p[HD] - VOD

    I didn't know you this mobile app allowed searches. I may be blind but can you search on the big screen web site?

    AND, ARE THESE PPV?
     
  14. L2BENGTREK

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    Tried the info button trick on my KDS-50A2000 last night. Worked like a charm. Even went back in and unhighlighted 1080p and did it without hitting the info button. Didn't recognize it. Had to do it again with the info button. I guess that's the key. Wish there was some 1080p content to confirm!

    The new KDL-40v4100 did it...no problem.
     
  15. TAnsley

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    Displaying and accepting as input are two different things. the 2020 may well accept 24p, but may convert it to 1080i or 1080p/60.
     
  16. jacmyoung

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    Thanks for the nice find.

    I recorded SATC for the wife as she was on the verge of buying the DVD:)

    It played without asking for any payment, so they are free, still in test mode.

    I also noticed the download time was much less than the usual HD VOD shows.
     
  17. HDinATL

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    It looks like they're up to 7 movies for free to d/l. I just took at look at the VOD scheduler on the regular directv website and they all show up and all are marked for free. I hope they keep adding new ones!!
     
  18. L2BENGTREK

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    Just found a few, downloading now!
     
  19. whereami

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    Ditto. Which is better? CBR or VBR?
     
  20. DarinC

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    Are you saying there was a CBR version and a VBR version, or were you guessing as to what may be different between the two available choices? It would surprise me that they would use CBR for download purposes. VBR is generally more efficient in cases where you can vary the bitrate (such as non real-time downloads), as you spend the bits where you need them most. I don't know why they'd bother having a separate CBR encode.

    VBR is used on discs (DVD, Blu-ray, etc.), because they have a fixed TOTAL storage, so they save bitrate on less intensive scenes, and use as much as they need for more intensive scenes. CBR is generally used for live streaming when you have a fixed-size pipe, because there's nothing gained by reducing bitrate below the bandwidth of the pipe. To look at it another way, VBR attempts to maintain a constant quality, and lets the bitrate change as the demands of the content changes. CBR uses a fixed bitrate, and the quality changes as the content changes (high action and/or detail scenes lose quality, simple scenes gain quality).
     
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