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HD Discusson: Spike HD (241, was 325)

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

  1. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Discussion thread for the new HD channel: Spike (Channel 325)

    Topics: PQ, Programming, Stretch-0-vision (we hope not!), etc.

    And don't forget our other coverage of the new DIRECTV HD channels:
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    This channel is expected, November 14.
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    This channel is now confirmed.
  4. ccr1958

    ccr1958 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 29, 2007
    right now infomercial on but 1080i signal
  5. dervari

    dervari Icon

    Dec 1, 2005
    Does anyone know if DS9 or Voyager were originally done in HD? Seeing them in HD on Spike would be sweet.
  6. Jon D

    Jon D Godfather

    Oct 12, 2006
    I know they were both originally shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Not sure what the recording medium was or if they were ever remastered in HD. They will probably not look any better than they do on DVD and can never be shown 16:9 unless stretched. I'm sure there is a real trekkie around here that knows better than I though.
  7. tunce

    tunce Godfather

    Jan 19, 2006
    What about Trucks, are they shot in HD?
  8. ke3ju

    ke3ju Legend

    Aug 18, 2006
    I don't expect to see any actual HD content on this channel for quite some time.
  9. dtv757

    dtv757 Icon

    Jun 3, 2006
    757 & 718
    next monday spike is gonna show a james bond marathon, i hope those are in HD and look as good as bond on mgm HD!!!
  10. Impala1ss

    Impala1ss Godfather

    Jul 22, 2007
    Bring on Mixed Martial Arts.
  11. whalene

    whalene AllStar

    Oct 13, 2006
    Didn't word get out already that spike wasn't doing any HD until 2008? This channel would then have the same approach as Speed HD. Show everything in SD format on the HD channel until they broadcast HD content next year.
  12. loowaters

    loowaters AllStar

    Jun 4, 2007
    They carry CSI. Any chance of those being aired in HD? Kinda sucks that I can get all the CSI: Miami I could want on A&E HD but can only get the original show in HD on CBS.
  13. Toddwrtr

    Toddwrtr Mentor

    Oct 4, 2007
    Unfortunately, the only Star Trek show shot for HD was Enterprise, and HDNET has the exclusive HD broadcast rights (which is why Sci-Fi's Monday marathon is 4:3 letterboxed in a 16:9 pillar). Also, the only Trek series that can (and has been) remastered in HD is TOS, as it was originally shot and mastered on film.

    Next Gen, DS9, and Voyager were all shot on film, but the effects sequences and all other post production on these three series were completed in SD to save money. :(
  14. Wisegoat

    Wisegoat Icon

    Aug 16, 2006
    The special effects were done in Avid on video tape. They would have to go back and remaster the film for HD and recreate from scratch the special effects.

    That is the problem that JMS has been having with Babylon 5. The series was filmed in 16:9, but most of the special effects would have to be recreated for seasons 1 & 2 because the CGI was done on video tape.
  15. Marvin

    Marvin Godfather

    Sep 13, 2003
    The only thing I know of that will probably be in HD aside from CSI is TNA wrestling and maybe UFC.
  16. LoopinFool

    LoopinFool Icon

    Aug 31, 2007
    Close. Actually the CGI and some effects were done digitally. They were output as CCIR-601 video to the Abekas tape format on 8mm data cassettes. Granted, that could be considered "digital video tape", but it's not what most people think of when you say video tape.

    It's still all SD 4:3 content, of course.

    - LoopinFool
  17. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    If it helps, I have all of the series on DVD except for Voyager (ugh). Only Enterprise is in widescreen. The others are all 4:3. Nice 5.1 though...
  18. dervari

    dervari Icon

    Dec 1, 2005
    People actually watch the latter two? :)
  19. Marvin

    Marvin Godfather

    Sep 13, 2003
    I think they're two of Spike's highest rated programs..
  20. F34R

    F34R Cool Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    Well, the Ultimate Fighter comes on tonight, 10pm EST. Here's hoping it's in HD hehe. I knew this "100 HD channels" was too good to actually be true. In that, I mean broadcasting HD content. A lot of the programs I've looked over today on all these "new" HD channels aren't even HD, or are in a 16:9 pillar. I'll be happy once they are all done properly.

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