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HD Discussion: The History Channel (Channel 269)

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. Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Welcome to the new HD on DIRECTV. The History Channel has been confirmed.
  3. petergaryr

    petergaryr Passed away April 24, 2010

    Nov 22, 2006
    Way to earily to tell. What I saw this morning was grainy and stretched.
  4. ddeen

    ddeen Mentor

    Jul 16, 2007
    Wow, they are playing The Last of the Mohicans and the quality is terrible, it looks like SD stretched that came off of a VHS tape, I can even see that the tracking is off.
  5. powerplay

    powerplay Cool Member

    Jun 3, 2003
    What they are brocasting at the moment is not good. It is in 720P with no 5.1audio. The show would have to be very interesting in order for me to watch it.
  6. mhking

    mhking Legend

    Oct 27, 2002

    They've gotta have better content...
  7. fade2black

    fade2black AllStar

    Apr 8, 2007
    Someone in another thread said Mohicans was in OAR.... respectfully, they're nuts! Upconverted AND stretched!!! :nono2: Why do providers believe we want to see wider-than-normal people??? And I'm (NOT) looking at you, TBS and TNT!!! Bad enough people get flat screens, hit "fill" on an SD channel, and think they have HD.... I have no problem with a decent upconvert, so much non 16:9 source material around, just don't insult us with stretch-o-vision!!!
    </rant> :grin:
  8. aktick

    aktick Legend

    Sep 1, 2006
    Hopefully the primetime shows are good quality at least (Modern Marvels, Lost Worlds tonight).
  9. Barmat

    Barmat Godfather

    Aug 26, 2006
    :nono2: History channel could have won the cookie this morning if they had shown Mohicans in true HD. Instead they win the Golden Fart for showing the worst Stretch-O-Vision around.
  10. Marvin

    Marvin Godfather

    Sep 13, 2003
    Im willing to bet the only HD show on History HD will be Ice Road Truckers..
  11. mrhowes

    mrhowes New Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Remember, they can only broadcast HD programs that were filmed in HD. Was LOTM filmed in HD? How many programs were filmed in HD??

    In time we will start seeing a lot more programs...filmed in HD.

    Let the HD times roll!!!!:sure:
  12. DarkAudit

    DarkAudit Godfather

    Sep 10, 2007
    Last of the Mohicans... blech blech blech. Just plain awful. If I were their engineers, I'd be embarrassed. They should be ashamed of themselves.
  13. BdoUK

    BdoUK New Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    LOTM was filmed on 35mm so it has far more resolution than HD. That being said there should be a HD version of LOTM out there but for whatever reason The History Channel hasn't gotten their hands on it yet.
  14. mpoyner

    mpoyner Legend

    Aug 17, 2006
    Films are not shot with HD cameras (well, rarely). They are tranferred from film to whatever format is needed. There is no excuse for using a VHS pan-and-scan copy from Grandpa's basement as a scan source.
  15. Skooz

    Skooz Legend

    Jul 20, 2007
    My guess is that SD shows will look like this (grainy and stretched) and HD shows will be, well, HD.

    Looking over the guide, I see many shows that have no "HD" beside their names. I assume they will look bad, as well.

    Interestingly, I saw that while several episodes of "Dogfights" have the "HD" by them, many others do not.
  16. jrmichael

    jrmichael Legend

    Dec 14, 2006
    Looks upconverted and grainy. Hopefully, will get true HD programming.
  17. LMUBill

    LMUBill Mentor

    Jul 10, 2007
    Especially when it is a very bad pan-and-scan which is then stretched again to fit 16x9. It's SUPER STRETCH-O-VISION!!
  18. wonko

    wonko Cool Member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Wait until you get to see some original 16:9 content that was letterboxed to 4:3 SD and then History stretches it back to 16:9. Really stupid looking. I don't know who they're trying to fool.

    So, I invite all the new D* HD subs to join myself and other E* subs who have been complaining to A&E networks.
  19. nlk10010

    nlk10010 AllStar

    Sep 18, 2004
    Following up on wonko's post, I'll take that bet. Filmed in HD by History Channel's own admission, broadcast in wack-o-vision.

    It really is better for us E* and D* subs to cooperate in trying to get these two jokes of a channel (A&E-HD and History-HD) to actually broadcast the HD they DO have in that format than it is to snipe at each other about who is more well-endowed.

    I STILL can't help believing that there is some additional cost to a channel to actually broadcast something in HD. Otherwise, why keep showing stuff filmed in HD in that awful format?

  20. Halr

    Halr AllStar

    Sep 12, 2005

    If the original was filmed in 35mm or above, there is more than enough quality to attain an HD conversion. However, they have to be converted. It is an expensive,
    process to convert film to digital HD (conversion tools are in excess of $500,000, for broadcast quality). It also takes quite a bit of process time, and post production time, sound sync, ect. to convert the older films to true HD quality. In the mean time, they look like they are electronically upconverting SD to HD, in an attempt to broadcast in what we all want to see, HD. I fully believe that they will convert existing shows into true HD as fast as they can, and electronically convert what they can until then. Discovery networks are just as we are, all be it on a larger scale, as far as all this costs a tremendous amount of money, and they will have to absorb it. They can only do so much, in a day, and it all costs alot. There wasn't a separate HD LOTM. We will be seeing the same programming simul-casted in SD and HD on the duplicated channels, most likely electronically upconverted to try to attain HD on the new channel. Bear with the broadcasters a little, especially Discovery and like, as they have huge libraries of real film and digital "film" that will have to be converted up to true HD. As time goes, we will see more and more High Quality HD, as they catch up. Discovery Threater, which was designed to be HD from the beginning, is a kick A** channel, and given time, I am sure all of their channels will be that quality. But I for one wouldn't want all that HD programming duplicated on the Discovery or National Geo. All I am saying is that it isn't costing us any more per month (yet) from what we had, and we have more. Lets cut them some slack, and give them a chance to catch up. ;)
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