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  1. Jan 23, 2020 #81 of 185
    Andrew Sullivan

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    Here's a new question. As we are sitting here watching the first episode of Picard I am wondering why this made for TV series is shot in the approx. 2.35 to 1 aspect ratio when 99 % of the screens, at least in the United States, are closer to 1.75 to one. Since the very beginning of renting DVD's the 2.35 to 1 aspect ratio has been the single biggest viewer complaint about watching movies on their TV's. To the point that the majority of high aspect ratio movies have been formatted to fill our TV screens. This includes HBO, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX. So why would CBS decide to shoot Picard in this aspect ratio. 1.85 to 1 would have been more palatable
     
  2. Jan 25, 2020 #82 of 185
    techguy88

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    I've learned never to question CBS' questionable decisions after it took them until 2014 to start airing Big Brother in high-def. Where CBS waited so long it made Big Brother the last primetime show to convert to HD. Only thing I can think of (which is the most plausible reason) is the decision to film Picard in that aspect ratio was an artistic decision made by the director and/or executive production team.
     
  3. Jan 25, 2020 #83 of 185
    James Long

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    Yep. An artistic decision. Trying to make it look more like a feature film than a TV show.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2020 #84 of 185
    reubenray

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    I was looking forward to seeing Picard until I found out it was a series instead of a movie. I don't need another subscription plan to watch only one show.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2020 #85 of 185
    Rich

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    Seriously? You realize you can activate CBSAA for a month and cancel it? Is that series not worth it? CBSAA only costs six bucks a month.

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  6. Jan 25, 2020 #86 of 185
    Andrew Sullivan

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    I understand the artistic standpoint, for movies. If you want a specific director then you bow to his demands regarding aspect ratio. In the case of a movie, being shown on a 400 + inch theater screen, the information available off to the sides does create a unique visual experience. Not at all the case in a aprox. 1:75 to 1 aspect ratio of a modern TV screen. Even if you wanted to make the picture more Theater like why not use the second most popular movie ratio of 1:85 to 1 which fills up much more of the screen than 2:35 to 1? I'm sure that it was a collective choice but in my mind it was a artistic mistake. A marketing ploy.
     
  7. Jan 25, 2020 #87 of 185
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    I think they changed it to a 7-day trial. Hopefully, you can still trial the commercial-free version. Anyhow, if all you are interested in is Picard, and you're willing to wait until all the episodes have dropped, you can watch for free.


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  8. Jan 25, 2020 #88 of 185
    reubenray

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    Will I be able to watch the entire series in a month? Isn't it setup to show an episode once a week?
     
  9. Jan 25, 2020 #89 of 185
    lparsons21

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    Yes, if you time your subscription right. They’ll do once a week and all episodes are kept live. I do the same thing with HBO, Showtime and others for series


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  10. Jan 25, 2020 #90 of 185
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    The last (10th) episode is scheduled for March 26th. Four episodes are schedule in March so theoretically one could subscribe for the month of March or wait until April. If you are eligible for a one week freebie, you could binge watch the last week of March or first week in April. If you go a month, there are a number of other CBSAA exclusive shows that appeal to different audiences.
     
  11. Jan 25, 2020 #91 of 185
    James Long

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    Has anything been removed from CBS All Access?
     
  12. Jan 25, 2020 #92 of 185
    mjwagner

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    Surprised Picard is not at least in 4k HDR/DV (should have ATMOS available too). If they are trying to drive sign ups for CBSAA that would have been a great way to entice the higher end consumers. Most new Netflix shows are at least 4k HDR/DV many with ATMOS as well.
     
  13. Jan 25, 2020 #93 of 185
    techguy88

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    The only thing that gets removed is shows they hold temporary rights to like The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon are the big examples I know of. They have the rights to include the 5 most recent episodes for a short amount of time after their televised airings then they remove them. If it is something CBS has the streaming rights to that they haven't sold to another streamer it has stayed.
     
  14. Jan 26, 2020 #94 of 185
    Rich

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    I was not talking about a trial, I was talking about activating the app for a month once the whole series was on it and then watching the series and then cancelling the app. That seems like six bucks well spent to me.

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  15. Jan 26, 2020 #95 of 185
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    You wait till the season ends and then activate the app. Watch Picard, and then deactivate the app. That way the series costs you six bucks.

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  16. Jan 26, 2020 #96 of 185
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    Is anything on CBSAA in 4K? Serious question, I haven't activated that app in a long time.

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  17. Jan 26, 2020 #97 of 185
    b4pjoe

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    No 4K presently on CBSAA.
     
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  18. Jan 26, 2020 #98 of 185
    James Long

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    OK, so "CBS Most Access". I do not expect everything that ever aired on CBS in perpetuity. It is good to know some CBS aired series are not included in the forever library.

    I might binge Picard in a couple of months but I find I get less enjoyment out of binged shows than I do out of watching weekly.
     
  19. Jan 26, 2020 #99 of 185
    mjwagner

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    But isn’t most of the stuff on CBSAA just stuff that us on the broadcast channel? I wouldn’t expect any of that to be 4k much less 4k HDR. But AFAIK Picard isn’t on the broadcast channel. It’s only available via CBSAA. I just thought that because of that it would have been a good opportunity for them to attract subscribers if they made the 4k HDR (maybe even with ATMOS) an app exclusive. Full disclosure I have never loaded or used the CBSAA app but based on what I have read Picard is not available in 4k.
     
  20. reubenray

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    This would work, but I leave the first of April on a three trip in my RV and my wifi service will be limited. How long will Picard stay on CBS All Access?
     

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