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Torchwood on HDNet

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Stewart Vernon, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    While watching HDNet tonight I saw several commercials for Torchwood (the Doctor Who spinoff) that said coming to HDNet this fall.

    I knew BBC America was going to air Torchwood season 1 starting around September I think... but this was the first I'd heard of HDNet. Cool beans!
     
  2. Drew2k

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    I would much rather watch this in HD than SD, so great news!
     
  3. 2Guysfootball

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    I am very excited about this. Now we need Dr. Who in HD :)
     
  4. Allen Noland

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    Hopefully SciFi channel will go HD soon (although I haven't heard any news of that happening) and we'll Dr Who and others in HD.
     
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    That is great news. Always take HD over SD. I have been wanting to see Torchwood so this is great.
     
  6. tonyd79

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    Doctor Who was not "filmed" in HD, so it would be an upconvert. Torchwood was HD all the way.
     
  7. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Interesting tidbit about Doctor Who is that even though it is not shot in HD, it is still higher resolution than US SD widescreen... so a good HD transfer might still look nicer than what we get on DVD. Torchwood, however, should be awesome since it is in HD from the word go!
     
  8. 2Guysfootball

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    Nice :) SD across the Pond is what 520??
     
  9. Stewart Vernon

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    Somebody will probably jump in and correct me if I misstep here... but what I've read is that Doctor Who is shot using Digibeta, which is a digital-to-tape format instead of film. Also, being in the UK and in PAL their resolution is 720x576 for widescreen.

    So... pretty much the same horizontal resolution as SD, but 86 more vertical lines of resolution.

    While they passed on HD for Doctor Who for various reasons apparently... there is still a little more resolution in there to play with and they seem to think that if/when the time comes they could manipulate the original source a bit perhaps to get something closer to 720p resolution out of what they have. Obviously it would still be an upconvert, but a smarter than your typical upconvert.
     

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