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Is it just me, or does is HBOHD surprisingly poor quality?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Lord Vader, Oct 21, 2007.

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  1. Impala1ss

    Impala1ss Godfather

    Jul 22, 2007
    I am still amazed when a reader of this forum thinks a program is in HD just because it is on an HD channel. C'mon folks. Educate yourself before complaining.:(
  2. randyk47

    randyk47 Icon

    Aug 21, 2006
    San Antonio, TX
    I'm actually quite pleased with the quality of the HD on shows that are HD. Stretch-o-vision or shows not filmed for HD can look pretty bad, especially in comparison, but I don't blame D* for that. They can only transmit what they are given to transmit. There are tons of shows/documentaries/you-name-it out there that were produced before HD so there's always going to be some content that's not up to the new "standard". Even reworked/remastered I'm assuming there's only so much that can be done to old movies, TV shows, etc., to make them look great in HD.
  3. liverpool

    liverpool Legend

    Jan 29, 2007
    I am very suprised that curb your enthusiasm is only filmed in sd
  4. zaijian

    zaijian New Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    I can see a difference in PQ between D* HBO HD and TWC HBO HD.

    Last friday, HBO HD was showing Star Wars 3, both on D* and TWC. I did a comparison between live and recorded versions, same results. Both were shown at 1080i, same HDMI input on my Toshiba 57" RPTV.

    The TWC picture was noticeably (but not hugely) better quality than the D*version. TWC was just a little sharper, with the colors a little more saturated. I watched the intro-ship-crashing-city-flyby scene probably about 10 times back and forth.

    Now, it wasn' t a huge difference: both feeds exhibited the same blocking during fast-moving explosions. But the difference was in the sharpness/detail and color/clarity. If I was judging on a scale of 100, TWC would get a 95 and D* a 92. Not huge, but noticeable.

    Either way, D* has a ton more HD channels (and channels in general), the NFL Network, the Big 10 network, and plus TWC has been pissing me off lately. So I'm definitely staying with them despite the somewhat lower PQ, which I hope will be addressed in the near future.
  5. schlar01

    schlar01 Godfather

    Jul 16, 2007
    HBO HD has always been terrible IMO. Not sure why but watching shows like Entourage in HD is barely better than SD.
  6. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    I took HBO East HD and Showtime East HD out of my channel list. I just record off the West feed since it's better PQ and takes up less space being MPEG4.
  7. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    I am educated; you're not talking to an idiot, son. However, when the guide has the HD icon listed next to the show's title, that's supposed to mean one thing.
  8. w84mike

    w84mike AllStar

    Sep 12, 2006
    Yes, this is what really bugs me about HBO, too. PQ always seemed fine to me on both HBO Showtime, but I prefer Showtime because they show the movies in their original screen size. And then, of course, Showtime has Dexter!:D
  9. Clato

    Clato Banned User

    Aug 30, 2007
    in SW TX 242 & 248 still messed up though,
    even after a supervisor called me back last night, saying "they would have to contact their engineering department,
  10. Milominderbinder2

    Milominderbinder2 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '08

    Oct 8, 2006
    I am now doing exactly the same thing.

    I have recorded multiple movies and shows on both MPEG2 and MPEG4 and can see no difference in picture quality.

    HBO HD looks like upconverted SD.

    - Craig
  11. cartrivision

    cartrivision Hall Of Fame

    Jul 25, 2007
    I've never seen the HD icon on the Bill Mahr show in the guide, and the show isn't produced in HD so if it ever has the HD icon in the guide, it's a mistake.
  12. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    I wouldn't doubt it was a mistake, cart.
  13. DrSpalding

    DrSpalding New Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    That's a 50-50 proposition anyway. I wouldn't mind seeing Cheryl in HD, but Larry? SD is more than enough!

  14. man_rob

    man_rob Hall Of Fame

    Feb 21, 2007
    I record Real Time, and have never seen an HD listed in the guide for that program. I looked on Zap2it.com, which uses Tribune's info, and it doesn't put an HD with that program either.

    Bill Mahr did a stand up special, and that was HD. It looked great.
  15. ntwrkd

    ntwrkd AllStar

    Apr 19, 2006
    Agree! I enjoy CYE and would love to see it in HD.
    (then again, who wouldn't love to see everything in HD?)
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