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post #751 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-29, 09:06 PM
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I see TCM HD and CNN HD but I do not see LCN HD. Does anyone else have it? Wondering if having LCN in SD is enough to also receive the HD version...?
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post #752 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-30, 01:11 AM
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i can see tmc hd but not cnn hd and lcn hd. any clue.
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post #753 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-31, 12:05 AM
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What is LCN?
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post #754 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-31, 11:28 AM
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I have been a visitor to this site for quite awhile and a member for more than two years. Since I first came here there have been postings asking why BELL doesn't carry AMC and TCM. Well, both channels are now available.

The thing is some of the people who wanted the channels the most are now complaining about them.

You know; "Boo Hoo AMC has too many commercials" or "TMC's movies don't look very good in HD". Well, I saw AMC on other services and didn't like the picture quality, multiple repeats of movies or the amount of commercials, so I knew what I was getting when it arrived. The movies on TCM are anywhere from 20 to 90 years old, so the picture quality of the older films will look like crap when they are up-converted to HD, they sometimes look bad in SD. The thing is this channel is possibly the only place to see some of these oldies and I can live with the sometimes shaky picture quality on 60 to 90 year old films.

I am happy that Bell has added some more channels, channels that their customers have asked for and hope that they will add more.

I know that this post is not quite suited to this thread, and if it gets moved, so be it.
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post #755 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-31, 01:39 PM
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Thumbs up TCM & AMC

I agree with you Regor12. I've wanted TCM for so long and now that it's here I'm a happy camper. Minor flaws/quality issues are not my concern as the overall quality is fantastic to me. There are so many movies on TCM that aren't shown elsewhere or that I've never even heard of that have made me a fan of this channel for years.

Even AMC with it's commercials I've gotten to appreciate as it shows movies that aren't normally shown on TV as well. With a PVR that's what fast forward is used for on the remote.
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post #756 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-31, 02:35 PM
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Exactly, P V R! But people get bored, and they need something to cry about. Other than movie channels, what channel doesn't have commercials?
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post #757 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-31, 04:52 PM
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LCN is "Le Canal Nouvelles". The french equivalent to CTV News channel.
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post #758 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-31, 05:01 PM
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There was a discussion about picture quality of older movies, and I believe the consensus was that the picture quality of an older movie would actually be pretty good, considering that they were meant to be seen on larger screens than 99.9% of us would have in our living rooms.

But when we're looking at 3 stooges movies (which is the current marathon this afternoon on TCM), yeah, you're crazy to whine about picture quality.
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post #759 of 765 (permalink) Old 2009-12-31, 07:19 PM
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AMC & TCM part 2

I would like to clarify my post, in regard to AMC. I first saw AMC on Rogers Cable which at the time had rather shaky picture quality. Since it has arrived on Bell, I have notice that the picture quality in SD ranges from good to great depending on the age of the movie. I am still not impressed by the amount of repetition of movies (Christmas Vacation twice a night for a week !!) or the amount of commercials added (breaking twice in a 20 min Stooge short?), but they do sometimes show a movie that I want to see or PVR and the series are OK.
TMC, on the other hand, features some little seen movies that I am a fan off, and so far, the picture quality has been great in SD. Today's Hitchcock marathon is worth watching and I hope that tonight's Thin Man marathon will be the same.

Now if Bell can only add a replacement for the original Lonestar channel, I like the older westerns.
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post #760 of 765 (permalink) Old 2010-01-01, 02:33 AM
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Regor12, I'm glad that you are enjoying TCM. My favourite TV columnist Marc Berman with Mediaweek loves that channel too.

I love some of the programming on AMC like "Mad Men" and the recent mini-series "The Prisoner".

In Canada, your only choice to find westerns would be on Silver Sreen Classics, otherwise a service like Lonestar is not feasable unless it gets maditory carriage as a 9-1H service. A viewer like me would not put up with such a niche channel on Basic cable unless it was free to the BDU.
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post #761 of 765 (permalink) Old 2010-01-01, 08:13 PM
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Yes, LCN HD is Le Canal Nouvelles (french equivalent to CTV News Channel).

It has been in testing mode longer than TCM and AMC were, and it also appears in the on-line TV Guide on the Bell website (I believe it is in the 1850s or 1860s range).

Was wondering if anyone knew when it would be available or (if it is available), what theme pack is required?

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post #762 of 765 (permalink) Old 2010-01-02, 09:27 AM
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LCN HD is not listed on the Bell TV guide on the Bell website, nor have I seen it on any of the uplink reports (lately anyway). The only place that I have seen it listed is on the listings at channel 1854.
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post #763 of 765 (permalink) Old 2010-01-02, 10:50 AM
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Yes, I checked again and it was removed from the guide when TCM HD went live.

1854 seems to be the location everybody saw this channel in testing.

Looks like a very long wait for some reason...
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post #764 of 765 (permalink) Old 2010-01-02, 11:25 AM
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I'm glad to finally see AMC and TCM added to Bell. Now we wait for History HD. They carry some good stuff which would be nice in hidef.
As for PQ, Bell's HD "lite" has always been on the soft side for the most part.
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post #765 of 765 (permalink) Old 2010-01-02, 08:16 PM
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Can't wait for Bell to finally carry Much Music in HD.
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