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DIRECTV HD Channel Anticipation (Official Q3-12 Thread)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mike Bertelson, Jun 29, 2012.

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  1. Jul 19, 2012 #721 of 3975
    JoeTheDragon

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    they should at the very least add more HD like BIG ten HD alts, the rest of the game HD and team HD feeds.

    CLTV HD to match the CLTV SD / CSN + SD side in the Chicago area systems.

    pac12 HD and goal line HD as well.
     
  2. Jul 19, 2012 #722 of 3975
    mitchflorida

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    It is a very slightly better picture when they show old movies that were shot in 4x3. More modern movies that were shot wide-screen will be more noticeable.
     
  3. Jul 19, 2012 #723 of 3975
    RAD

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    Dripping...
    Interested to see how Forbidden Planet looks tonight.
     
  4. Jul 19, 2012 #724 of 3975
    lparsons21

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    ...and another timer to set!

    I saw that when it released way back when and a few times in theaters over the years. Always a great movie and those effects! Considering when it was made the effects were and are amazing!
     
  5. Jul 19, 2012 #725 of 3975
    jostanton

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    Ok, I'm confused. TCM HD is up and running on DTV. The SD content looks much better in the HD feed. However why are the promos and bumpers that were obviously mastered in HD still window boxed? In other words shown with side bars and letter boxed. Also I have yet to see the TCM-HD logo in the corner of the screen. It would appear that TCM is still using SD playback equipment for everything. Can someone enlighten me?
     
  6. Jul 19, 2012 #726 of 3975
    lparsons21

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    Sure, TCM isn't an HD channel that has anything actually in HD. At least not in the US. That has been one of the complaints from those with other service providers that had TCM in HD.
     
  7. Jul 19, 2012 #727 of 3975
    MysteryMan

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    Per Wikipedia: TCM HD: In June 2009 Turner Classic Movies launched a high definition version of the channel showing the same programing as it's standard definition channel. Initial programming was not native high definition and was instead upconverted from standard definition but benefited from the greater bandwidth allococated to the channel. Programs on the high definition feed are broadcast in upconverted 1080i.
     
  8. Jul 19, 2012 #728 of 3975
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    But aren't you watching on some antiquated 4:3 TV?
    The difference between the SD and HD feeds is huge on my set.
     
  9. Jul 19, 2012 #729 of 3975
    MysteryMan

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    The audio is better on the HD feed too.
     
  10. Jul 19, 2012 #730 of 3975
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    I sure hope they take widescreen movies up to 16:9. The movies on this morning have all been older ones, shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio, so they fill the screen the best they can. But when they broadcast Ice Station Zebra in a few days, one of my favorites when I was a kid, I want to see that fill the screen.

    Forbidden Planet should also tell us how TCM HD handles widescreen movies.
     
  11. Jul 19, 2012 #731 of 3975
    tonyd79

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    I set that one to record since I will not be home.

    According to all the forums I searched when TCM was "announced," they respect OAR as often as possible. In the few instances where they did not, they issued an apology at the start of the film.

    TCM is one of the few bastions of doing movies right and not just pandering to popular tastes (i.e., no showings of Iron Man 2 500 times a month).
     
  12. Jul 19, 2012 #732 of 3975
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    I want to see it (Ice Station Zebra) too, but in the original aspect ratio - which means it won't fill the screen, since it was originally 2:35 :1. HBO converts cinemascope to fill 16x9 and the results are awful. IMO.
     
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    Great to see TCM HD is here. Just an observation. There is no banner logo for TCM HD. It justs says TCMHD in letters. Why no logo, when there is a logo for TCM SD? Also, it slightly obscures the channel number. The same thing for channels 286,639,246 etc. Do you think Directv will adjust the banner name on these and other channels so the channel number is fully visible?
     
  14. Jul 19, 2012 #734 of 3975
    Carl Spock

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    Letter-boxed is fine with me for Ice Station Zebra. I can put up with the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. I just don't want it both letterboxed and window boxed, a smaller rectangle in the middle of the screen, which I what I assumed the original poster meant with his comment.

    And I agree with you that having a 2:35:1 movie shrunk to 16:9 is a travesty. I see that on the HD transfers of the Star Trek movies on the premium channels and it sucks. I just ordered the first six from Amazon on Blu-ray (on sale right now for $39.99) and I am counting on them being in their original aspect ratio.
     
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    Guess I missed the promos for this;

    But is this a women in prison classic movie marathon running right now on TCM or something?
     
  16. Jul 19, 2012 #736 of 3975
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    It arrived at 5:00 a.m. Central time. Make sure it's in your guide, I had to add it to my custom guide.
     
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    I watch TCM a lot and haven't seen any of the "postage stamp" treatment in movies, just letter box and pillar box. They try their best to do OAR.
     
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    Even though I have show SD duplicates turned off. TCM HD didn't show up this morning. I had to edit my favorites list to turn off the SD channel and turn on the HD channel.
     
  19. Jul 19, 2012 #739 of 3975
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    Well I do have a new HD set upstairs. The picture has big black borders on the sides. And not a huge difference in quality. To be fair , 15 % better on an old 1932 b&w move. I expect I will be much more impressed when the film doesn't have the black borders on the sides and is post 1953 color.


    The set downstairs is another story. 4x3 HD shows now have the picture surrounded by thick black borders on the sides and on the top and bottom. But when I watch that in SD, I get absolutely no black borders anywhere and the picture quality is very good .

    I will use the HD feed on the 4x3 set when I see some black borders just on the top and bottom, which is what panavision does. Then I will have the best of both worlds. Better quality with less black borders top and bottom


    So far I am underwhelmed with TCM HD but I have only seen that one 1930's movie.
     
  20. Jul 19, 2012 #740 of 3975
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    I saw a tremendous improvement as, for some reason, I had both show up despite SD being hidden and switched back and forth. Sound was much better, the picture was very much sharper with deeper blacks and much clearer edges. Basically the difference between SD and HD.
     
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