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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 #741 of 3975
    SPACEMAKER

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    There was a movie on earlier that was shown 16:9
    It looked really good.
     
  2. Jul 19, 2012 #742 of 3975
    crawdad62

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    Yeah I went into my custom guide to add the HD channel but it wasn't there. I was just a little early though. I checked at 5:30 Eastern. I'll get it added when I get home tomorrow. Thanks!
     
  3. Jul 19, 2012 #743 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    Having both of them (well, all three really) on Blu-ray, I'll be interested in seeing how RH and FP look on TCM-HD tonight upconverted.

    They're waiting on a logo for TCM-HD. DirecTV usually takes a while updating their logos. I don't think E! HD has one yet... It'll come...

    ~Alan
     
  4. Jul 19, 2012 #744 of 3975
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    I have this set and they are all OAR, even Star Trek VI which released in 1.85:1 fill on DVD and LD. Does Ice Station Zebra have Patrick McGoohan? It seems like I have heard of this movie somewhere, guess I'll have to DVR it off TCM HD.
     
  5. Jul 19, 2012 #745 of 3975
    bobnielsen

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    When TCM HD showed up in the Android app, I set a movie to record several days from now. When I checked my todo list this morning, it showed up for TCM SD!
     
  6. Jul 19, 2012 #746 of 3975
    tonyd79

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    As I reported it. Because the DVR got the command when the only 256 channel was the SD channel. Do it now it and is should work fine.

    The orders to record to the DVR are simple transactions. They are not live updated. They are just orders at the time. Record this on this channel at this time. DVR takes order and processes it. It does not go back and redo it.
     
  7. Jul 19, 2012 #747 of 3975
    Carl Spock

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    He plays the heavy although maybe not the villian. Or maybe he is. You'll just have to find out.

    Rock Hudson is the heroic sub captain and Ernest Borgnine also has a major role.

    It's a popcorn movie, nothing more, but a good one.
     
  8. Jul 19, 2012 #748 of 3975
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    I can't speak for my less well-endowed brethren. . . but TCM in HD is making a very noticeable difference on my 60" HDTV. Far more than whoever offered "20% better" upstream. TCM has now gone from a channel I'd like to watch, to one I actually *will* watch.

    I watched a 4:3 movie this morning for awhile, and it was much better. There's a 16x9 movie on right now. . . much better.

    I've got _Forbidden Planet_ and _Gunga Din_ setup to record to the DVR tonight. . . whee!

    Thank you, DirecTV!

    Now, about BBCAHD, DIYHD, and H2HD. . . .
     
  9. Jul 19, 2012 #749 of 3975
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    Gunga Din? Oh crap, another timer to set! :)
     
  10. Jul 19, 2012 #750 of 3975
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    There's a 2:35 on right now and it's window boxed in SD and full width 2:35 in HD. I'm relieved ...
     
  11. Jul 19, 2012 #751 of 3975
    crawdad62

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    Yep. Probably 70% of the programs I have DVR'ed are TCM movies. Now it's HD it'll fill up quicker.
     
  12. Jul 19, 2012 #752 of 3975
    Carl Spock

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    A pretty rotten Ben Gazarra prison movie is on now - why did our first day of TCM HD have to be Prison Day? - but the picture is great. It's a crisp B&W transfer. I also love the presentation. It's wide screen and almost exactly 16:9. I say almost exactly because TCM takes the picture up to the edge of the TV screen but not beyond it. There is a thin black frame around the whole picture. I love the fact we don't lose anything to over-scan.
     
  13. Jul 19, 2012 #753 of 3975
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    Oh well ...

    Looks like a guide error apparently.

    Old B&W film "Convicts 4" starring Ben Gazzara is currently airing and must be confused with the more modern film "Convicts" with Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones produced in 1991 which the guide is showing.
     
  14. Jul 19, 2012 #754 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    Yeah, these past couple of weeks (well, not quite two weeks), I've found the channel to be very impressive for a channel that doesn't actually have any HD in it.

    I've seen multiple films that while upconverted, looked almost HD due to the source quality, and I've seen multiple films that looked like they were upconverts from a mediocre DVD. Yet regardless of the picture quality of the films, I've found the channel to be a 200% increase in PQ here.

    As for the 20%, I started to comment about adjusting television settings or glasses, but I decided to leave it alone.

    ~Alan
     
  15. Jul 19, 2012 #755 of 3975
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    Great picture on 'Convicts 4' and I can't wait for the stuff tonight.
     
  16. Jul 19, 2012 #756 of 3975
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    yup. for me, tcm sd was/is unwatchable. 4x3 movies chopped and zoomed to fill a 16x9 screen, resulting in partial beheadings and game winning basketball shots that are heard but not seen... ridiculous.

    i'm planning to record and compare tomorrow night's airing of polanski's "the fearless vampire killers" with the version i dvr'd off one of the premium movie channels a while back, just to see how drastic the drop-off is from a native 1080i broadcast to a 480i tcm source that's been upconverted.

    i think it's important to point out that tcm hd shouldn't be seen as some sort of catch-all. in the hierarchy of options for seeing, say, john ford's "the searchers," if you have the means to watch it on blu-ray, then that's ideally the best way to see it (at least, in the comfort of your living room). failing that, a native 1080i (preferably one without a block of ads in the middle of it, *cough* mgmhd *cough*) broadcast from a channel that respects the original aspect ratio is your next best option, only then followed by tcm hd's upconversion of their 480i source.

    while that may seem to some like i'm slagging off tcm hd, that's not at all the case -- as someone else pointed out earlier, the vast majority of the movies they show have yet to be mastered for 1080i broadcast or 1080p blu-ray. take, for instance, the (thoroughly welcomed, at least by me) generous helping of pre-code stanwycks airing tomorrow night. though we live in a time when releases such as milestone's mary pickford collection and carlotta's french blu-rays of three borzage silents are proving that damn near everything's on the table as far as what could one day turn up on blu-ray, i think it's pretty safe to say that tomorrow night's quartet of stanwyck flicks probably won't be making the leap anytime soon, and it's even less likely that any of them will be turning up on a premium movie channel (nestled snugly between the latest installment of the underworld franchise and an episode of weeds, perhaps?). in such instances, and especially if you're talking about pictures that never made it to dvd (or, ugh... dvd-r), then tcm hd is truly manna from heaven.
     
  17. Jul 19, 2012 #757 of 3975
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    We have a large-ish DVD/Blu-ray library here, but there are still a ton of old movies that I've heard of and either haven't seen, or haven't seen in decades, that I'd love to watch, but not quite so much as to fork out for a (preferably) Blu-ray or DVD.

    Believe me, I did *try* to watch some of them on TCM SD a few times. It was hopeless. I just couldn't get past the jaggies, blurries, and artifacts. From what I've seen today, sampling, TCM HD *will* now get a vigorous work-out on my future DVR'ing schedule.
     
  18. Jul 19, 2012 #758 of 3975
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    Since you guys appear to be the experts on this, how much better will an original episode of the I Love Lucy show look in HD compared to SD?
     
  19. Jul 19, 2012 #759 of 3975
    bobnielsen

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    Convicts 4 has a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. It is picture-boxed, but since it is nearly 16:9 that doesn't look so bad but it really should be letterboxed just a little bit.
     
  20. Jul 19, 2012 #760 of 3975
    Alan Gordon

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    Earlier this year, iTunes had an episode of "I Love Lucy" FREE for download. Displayed in 1080p on my 60' HDTV via an AppleTV, the PQ is gorgeous, and the compression used on the iTunes file is more than what you'd find on a HDTV channel or a potential Blu-ray!!

    ~Alan
     
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