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Old 2009-12-18, 08:21 PM   #1
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Anyone notice tonight that TCM HD is Blacked out on Rogers with a message saying that they dont have the broadcast rights in Canada, but TCM SD is showing "The Goodbye Girl". I'm surprised that Rogers is using the U.S. feed for TCM HD. I also looked through this coming weeks listings on TCM HD and their are no other blackouts scheduled. So it appears the U.S. and Canadian schedules are virtually identical now with the odd exception.
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Old 2009-12-18, 09:26 PM   #2
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I also noticed that blackout. It was surprising and disappointing.
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Old 2009-12-18, 11:16 PM   #3
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I also noticed it. I can only assume that they neglected to purchase the HD rights, which are negotiated separately from SD rights. May have been an oversight.
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Old 2009-12-19, 07:07 AM   #4
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Anyone know who owns the HD rights in Canada?
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Old 2009-12-19, 09:15 AM   #5
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Are there any other providers currently carrying TCM HD? I also wonder if Rogers is performing the Blackout or its done by TCM?
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Old 2009-12-22, 07:38 PM   #6
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Why is TMC even in HD ? Seems to me that a vast majority of the films are from the 30s. 40s and 50s. Does HD "broadcast" make any difference for these movies?
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I have seen some from the 60's and 70's. Also, even 4:3 movies can benefit from HD.
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Old 2009-12-22, 09:44 PM   #8
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Seems to me that a vast majority of the films are from the 30s. 40s and 50s. Does HD "broadcast" make any difference for these movies?
Film, even old film, has a much higher resolution than HD. So, when a film is scanned (a process called "Telecline"), the resulting HD digital image still does not capture the full resolution of the film stock.
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Old 2009-12-23, 01:19 PM   #9
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True, but unfortunately the vast majority of TCM`s movies are just upscaled SD. It would be prohibitively expensive for them to create new HD transfers.
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You should be happy you're not seeing it. The Goodbye Girl was a terrible movie!
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Old 2009-12-24, 05:31 AM   #11
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I checked on my TV last night and it was working just fine. Perhaps only certain movies are blacked out.
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As mentioned in earlier posts, we are discussing specific movies, which on the Rogers guide are listed as "blacked out". I assume TCM don't have the rights for those specific movies in Canada. With TCM it looks as though the US and Canadian channels are quite similar, unlike HDNet for example which has a separate schedule for Canada due to many programme rights not being available for Canada.
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Old 2009-12-24, 02:46 PM   #13
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I dont see any other Blackouts scheduled on the TCM HD channel in the coming week. I'm sure its just the odd movie that will be affected, not a big deal. I guess HDNET because its on a low penetration tier doesn't want to purchase the Canadian Rights for more of its programming. TCM has way more subscibers which makes it profitable for them to do so.
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With HDNet I don't believe it's a matter of not purchasing rights, but rather that someone else has exclusive rights.
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...listed as "blacked out". I assume TCM doesn't have the rights for those specific movies in Canada.
Maybe I am missing some key piece of information but...I assume that TCM, being "Turner Classic Movies" would only show movies that are part of Turner's vast collection of films. Therefore, why would they not have the "Canadian" rights to show their own movies in Canada on their own channel?
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