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HD Discussion: The Discovery Channel (Channel 278)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Doug Brott, Sep 18, 2007.

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  1. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
  2. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    DSCHD - Confirmed 278
  3. BigEHokie

    BigEHokie Mentor

    Sep 22, 2005
    I'm assuming this channel is not simulcast? I had a schedule set for Survivorman on the SD channel and there are no listings for Survivor man on the HD version...
  4. MartyS

    MartyS New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Make sure that you're looking at the Discovery channel on channel 278, not the Discovery HD Theater which is in the 70's... those are two different channels and do not broadcast the same thing.

    Channel 278 should be a simulcast in both SD and HD... you need to select the HD channel for your SL's.
  5. BigEHokie

    BigEHokie Mentor

    Sep 22, 2005
    That's why I was confused as my SL was on SD and I was attempting to move it over to HD. However, the only listing I got for Survivorman when I performed a search was for channel 284, the SCIHD channel. I'll check again when I get home this evening. Thanks for the info.
  6. mhking

    mhking Legend

    Oct 27, 2002
    Billy Blanks in HD. Gee.
  7. ncxcstud

    ncxcstud Icon

    Apr 22, 2007
    Does anyone else have the DiscHD picture not take up the whole screen? I noticed this during the test channel?

    Is it specific to shows or what? Seems that whenever I turn to it, it has a small border around the entire picture...

    Yet, no one else has mentioned it...
  8. Juppers

    Juppers Icon

    Oct 26, 2006
    I've mentioned it and I hope they correct that very soon. They are cropping old 4:3 content, and not cropping enough to fill the entire screen.
  9. wonko

    wonko Cool Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    That's how Discovery/TLC handles 4:3 content. It's basically a partial zoom that cuts off some of the top and more of the bottom. Somewhere in between full pillarbox and A&E/History's stupid stretch-o-vision.
  10. c152driver

    c152driver Legend

    Jan 21, 2007
    Nothing on Discovery Channel HD is showing up in keyword search results on my HR20.
  11. Southpaw

    Southpaw AllStar

    May 3, 2007
    I have never watched it before but I am really getting a kick out of this show "Dirty Jobs". Just watched them gut a catfish. The host - Mike Rowe? - is hilarious.
  12. bcrab

    bcrab Legend

    Mar 6, 2007
    I have the same almost. I have 1 1/2" bars on the sides. So far its the only channel thats that way.
  13. Juppers

    Juppers Icon

    Oct 26, 2006
    Those bars suck. Especially for people that have displays that can be be affected by screen burn. They need to go the ESPN way and put up graphical pillarbars for 4:3 content. What do all these channels have against OAR?
  14. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007

    He's a trip. And to think, he spent many of his years in TV as an announcer only, not actually on screen.

    It's funny when he manages to work in a shameless plug for Ford Trucks, who has him in their commercials.
  15. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I got search hits for Survivorman on the Science channel, channel 280. Is this the normal channel for it?
  16. gcisko

    gcisko I am Iron Man!

    Sep 27, 2006
    It should or will be one of your favorite shows... I was watching Myth Busters and it is definately HD not SD stretched. What I did notice was when they had an SD comercial, it was stretched from 4:3 to 16:9. But the content of the show is awesome HD 16:9. So I am happy. I do have to switch all of my series recorded shows to the new HD channel though.
  17. rlnoonan

    rlnoonan Legend

    Jan 5, 2007
    Yes. I record Survivorman too, and it is on the Science channel, not Discovery (at least the new ones). Since the Science channel is one of the Discovery network channels they may show re-runs there, but I'm not sure about that.
  18. ahafele

    ahafele New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    I think it depends on the episode. It seems that the newer episodes were recorded in HD, whereas older ones were recorded in SD and are now upconverted on DC HD.

    What I find unfortunate is that they are tagged as HD in the guide. It would be nice if D* introduced a new logo to indicate shows that are not HD but are presented in 16:9 format. They have the letterbox logo, but that's not the same thing.
  19. Johnboat

    Johnboat AllStar

    Nov 25, 2006
    I'm wondering if anyone else is having a problem with Discovery HD no filling the screen. I've attached a pic to show you guys.


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  20. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    It isn't just you.
    It same thing was happening when it was on 9301. Sometimes it would be full screen and other times it's like you've posted.
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