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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Feb 3, 2011 #101 of 172

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    My question for you and others who complain how terrible SD is to watch is have you had your TV calibrated? Even if you only use a inexpensive calibration DVD you will achieve significant picture quality improvement with a noticeable difference with how SD looks.
  2. Feb 3, 2011 #102 of 172

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010

    As to Mad Men in particular, yes, I'd love to have it in HD. But it's extremely watchable in SD. Then, later (obviously!) I buy the Blu-ray discs and re-watch, along with Director's and actors voice overs. Fantastic. For that show I'd do the same even if the first viewing were in HD.

    Now, if it's Fly-overs, or many History, Smithsonian, etc. etc. channels, I wouldn't watch them in SD.
  3. Feb 3, 2011 #103 of 172

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    You are not alone, I watch it as well. So there are at least two of us.

    And on the SD comments, I agree with not watching it. Unless I miss an episode of a show and its the only way I'll get to see it. Then I would settle for SD.
  4. Feb 3, 2011 #104 of 172

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    So watch it in HD elsewhere then. Seems pretty simple.

    Oh. You don't subscribe to "elsewhere"? Then as far as you're concerned it ISN'T available elsewhere, at least not available to you, and you can watch it in SD or go without. Your choice.
  5. Feb 3, 2011 #105 of 172

    videoboy77 Cool Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Thanks for the suggestion on calibration.

    When you have an SD show that is letterboxed (because it's supposed to be in HD ;) ) it just looks too bad sitting there in the middle of your tv surrounded by black... and I'd rather not watch. Just a personal preference and I respect your opinion if you disagree.
  6. Feb 3, 2011 #106 of 172

    Richard Legend

    Apr 23, 2002
    South Texas
    We need a tag on this site to filter out all the "No HD" whiners. If you missed a show either because of something you did, or because of something your local affiliate did, you can now watch the show. Parks and Recreation is the same in SD or HD. So, either catch an episode you missed in SD, or find some other way to watch it. Pretty sure the majority of the readers here could care less if you aren't going to use it because it's not in HD. I know I don't.
  7. Feb 3, 2011 #107 of 172

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009
    Absolutely. Easy enough to find from a couple sources usually within a couple hours of initial airing in at least 720P.
  8. Feb 3, 2011 #108 of 172

    Vinny New Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    I understand that DirecTV "should" make the channel available as soon as they can whether it is in HD or SD. I am a firm believer that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few; so for all the SD only and non DVR customers this is a great thing.

    I am just expressing my opinion on this channel and I guess my frustration is due to be (what appears) as a lack of a aggressive committment to get us all "available" HD programming. For the most part I am content with what we have; but I also know there is a lot more very popular channels and programs that other providers have that we don't have.

    The answer shouldn't be "then switch" because there are other intangibles that DirecTV offers such as it's state of the art DVR. I have TW at my vacation condo and the Scientific Atlantic DVR has got to be one of the worst DVRs out there. So many things that we all take for granted here at DirecTV don't exist with TW DVR. I can say the same for CableVision...just as bad as Time Warner. In addition, I truly enjoy this forum and committment that the mods have to help us all. I've been active in this forum for years and would never want to give it up.

    I am a very satisfied but somewhat frustrated customer; and I recommend DirecTV to anyone who asks and wouldn't switch to any other provider. I guess I was just spoiled when we were the company that was number 1. I hope we return there soon.
  9. Feb 3, 2011 #109 of 172

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    May 16, 2002
    Press format button until "CROP" appears. While still not in HD, it is an acceptable picture that is not surrounded in black.
  10. Feb 3, 2011 #110 of 172

    TBlazer07 Large Member DBSTalk Club

    Feb 5, 2009
    For the most part I agree. I have a brand new calibrated "top o' the line" Panasonic and most of the major networks SD is good. However have you tried watching ONION NEWS on IFC? DirecTV seems to be transmitting that channel so it looks like it is on a 1960 TV. There is a IFC HD feed because the HD versions can easily be found but they are killing the SD feed.
  11. Feb 3, 2011 #111 of 172

    videoboy77 Cool Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    I agree... who cares what other people do... weather they will or won't watch in HD- it doesn't matter to each of us personally.

    My frustration is why DIRECTV wouldn't offer this in HD... yes SD is better than nothing but that's not the point. HD is the standard today and in my opinion they are offering something sub- standard.
  12. Feb 3, 2011 #112 of 172

    tkrandall Hall Of Fame

    Oct 3, 2003
    If a network is willing to insist that FF capability be disabled for on-demand content, what is to prevent them from insisting, for the privilege of carrying their network programming, that all service providers (sat and cable) disable FF capabilty on any of their network sourced content recorded on the service providers DVR base?
  13. Feb 3, 2011 #113 of 172

    jpl Hall Of Fame

    Jul 9, 2006
    I don't think this is a legitimate fear. Like I said, other services do the same thing with both NBC and ABC VOD (although not, last time I used it anyway, for CBS for some reason). Other providers offer those VOD feeds without such restrictions (from what I understand) but you have to pay to view them on demand. This arrangement has been in effect for a couple years now, and only applies to on demand content.
  14. Feb 3, 2011 #114 of 172

    reber1b Legend

    Jun 14, 2007
    Hmmm . . . NBC, I used to watch that network -- about thirty years ago! Aren't they owned by Government Electric and Jeffrey Immelt?
  15. Feb 3, 2011 #115 of 172

    thelucky1 Icon

    Feb 23, 2009
    Good summary Vinny I agree with you!
  16. Feb 3, 2011 #116 of 172


    Dec 11, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    A nice little suprise
  17. Feb 3, 2011 #117 of 172

    gully_foyle Hall Of Fame

    Jan 18, 2007
    Los Angeles
    If DirecTV still offered full digital SD like they did back in the 90's, that would be one thing. But the signal they provide on AMC and other cable channels is really SD Lite. Something like 480x480i compressed and these days it's windowboxed to boot, resulting in maybe 320x320i with compression artifacts.

    Compare Mad Men on DirecTV with Mad Men on standard DVD. In theory both are SD.
  18. Feb 3, 2011 #118 of 172

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    I suppose....kinda. Except that SD is 480i and DVD is 480P, so DVD is really twice the resolution as SD.
  19. Feb 3, 2011 #119 of 172

    tzphotos.com Godfather

    Jul 12, 2006
    Actually DVD content is 480i. Movies are at 24fps, so they can be converted to 480p on the outputs of the DVD Player.
  20. Feb 3, 2011 #120 of 172

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    No, DVDs have a native resolution of 480p.

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