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is it just me, or has tcm hd started airing movies in actual hd (not upconverted sd)?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jurples, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. jurples

    jurples Mentor

    Jan 11, 2008
    i dunno... back when tcm hd first launched, i used to be able to dvr movies in bunches and it hardly had any impact on my space available (i have a 2 TB external drive connected to my dvr). lately, though -- like, i'd say over the past month or so -- it seems like the recordings have been much more dense. has anyone else noticed this, too? is there a way to see the file sizes and verify whether this is the case?
  2. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    No. It is still entirely up-converted.
  3. JohnDG

    JohnDG Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    In any case, the broadcasts are not up to par. TCM showed "Lawrence of Arabia" last Thanksgiving supposedly from an HD copy and the quality was sub-par. I stopped watching after about 10 minutes.

    It looked much better on MGM.

  4. gphvid

    gphvid Godfather

    Jun 19, 2007
    Not any more. There may be some Sd upconverts running, but they are airing mostly HD restores now.
  5. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    ...no. You're not understanding. They are up-converting everything. You can ask the network and they will tell you that as well.
  6. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    What exactly is "upconverting"?

    Is that the same thing as the non-HD DVR's that have an HDMI 1080p output that play regular DVD's and "enhance" the image?

    If that's the case, it reminds me of stereo records in the early days. Instead of creating a new stereo recording, record companies came up with a goofy similar scheme known as "electronically re-channeled for stereo" where they sent a mono recording through a processor. The result generally sounded awful.
  7. lipcrkr

    lipcrkr Legend

    Apr 27, 2012
    I saw "Vertigo" on TCM last week and it was unbelievable. Whatever it was, HD, upconverted, whatever, the movie looked like it was made yesterday on videotape. All i want now is for TCM to show "Zulu" in all it's glory.
  8. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Per Wikipedia-Turner Classic Movies High Definition: In June 2009, Turner Classic Movies launched a high definition version of the channel, showing the same programming as it's standard-definition channel. Initial programming was not in native high definition and was instead upconverted from standard-definition, but benefited from the greater bandwidth allocated to the channel. Programs available on the high definition feed are broadcast in upconverted 1080i.

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