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post #46 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-20, 10:13 PM
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NGHD was just showing Walking the Bible in letterbox SD even though PBSHD showed it in HD. At least they didn't stretch it.
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post #47 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-20, 11:43 PM
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Recorded and watched one of the Cousteau programmes that was excellent on PBS before PBS started having their issues.

On NG it was:

- a bit washed out
- it had a large ghost when panning (similar to the PBS ghosting, but one big ghost instead of several smaller ones)
- also a bit of smearing
- the DD5.1 sound wasn't as good as I remember on PBS. The rears were almost inaudible for the entire programme.
- It didn't look HD crisp at all.

When the commercials came on, the colour was much more vivid.

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post #48 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-21, 12:02 AM
 
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National Geographic HD....ummmm aspect ratio anyone???

Has this new HD channel shown at least ONE program in 16:9????? This channel has yet to fill my screen properly in some shape or form.

Lame....all the hype is much ado about nothing.
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Guess you didn't see Cousteau Ocean Adventures earlier.
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post #50 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-21, 12:19 AM
 
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I PVR's it.....be right back and tell you....

K, that one worked. YAY! Now to watch som HD!!
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post #51 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-21, 09:55 AM
 
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I've seen a couple of HD programs on NATG, but absolutely nothing on Showcase so far. Looks like showcase is just wasting bandwidth.
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post #52 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-21, 11:02 AM
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Showcase has aired CSI episodes in HD. I believe other programmes were also aired in HD, although I can't remember them off the top of my head.

Perhaps once people have watched some HD on this channel, people could post some useful feedback here and perhaps also advise the broadcaster to help them better their offering. Example below:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/show...4&postcount=47

Although the link contains a lot of "negative" information, this feedback may allow the broadcaster to better their offering, as has been done for A&E and PBS recently.

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post #53 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-21, 12:02 PM
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Looks like showcase is just wasting bandwidth.
Hasn't this been the fate of every new HD channel with every provider?

-Stage 1-:
Why don't <provider> have <program>? What are they thinking? If they don't get it by tomorrow noon, I'll leave. Hope they keep hockey!
-Stage 2-:
<Provider> announces <program>. They better do it right! High bitrate, AC3, no dropouts, no ghosting, etc. Or I'll leave. Don't forget hockey!
-Stage 3-:
WTF is that? Is this what they call high definition? You can't watch it. Crappy sound. SD is better! It is just a waste of bandwidth!
And where is hockey? I don't care about copyright! I want it 24/7! Customer is always right! No, I'm definitely leaving today!

They should have gotten <program> instead! How long can one wait for it!
Go to -Stage 1-.



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post #54 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-21, 12:10 PM
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Kenny vs. Spenny is filmed in HD?!?!?

You're joking, right?

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Kenny says they're upconverting it. They dont' shoot the show with HD cameras (which I think we already knew).

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Yeah, that's what I thought. Thanks for the confirm, though.

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PS: If you ever speak with Spenny, tell him he's got admirerers in the Missed Connections section of Toronto's Craig's List: http://toronto.craigslist.org/mis/251944333.html
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Just as an FYI, many programmes were shot on film and then telecined to tape (usually 1080p/24). This qualifies as "HD" in the same way that films qualify as "HD". It's only been recently (a few years) that some (more and more recently) programming is shot directly to HD tape.

The above comment is not directly about Kenny/Spenny since I don't have details of their process.

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post #57 of 151 (permalink) Old 2006-12-21, 12:20 PM
 
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Most of the Prime time stuff on Showcase has been in HD.... Weeds, Rescue me, CSI:Miami (as 57 already said). Showcase is by no means a waste of bandwidth.

I will go on the record and say that i am very happy with was these 2 new channels have added to the line up.
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Its too early to crap on these new channels. Its best to wait a few months to assess the technical quality of the HD content (PQ and audio), and the content itself (unique, interesting material). See you in february.

WRT transfering film to HD tape, the format of the film has to be bigger than 16mm or the results look grainy and washed out....this is my observation.
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Yes rogers will be carrying showcase hd witch is a bit of a shock.Showcase is not seen as a primer channel.I am looking forward to wgnhd.
IMHO Showcase has the best original programming of any channel in Canada with shows such as Trailer Park Boys and Rent a Goalie, plus they often air good movies. That beats CBC, Global, CTV, at least as far as I am concerned.

I haven't watched WGN but doesn't their content primarily consists of reruns of shows from commercial TV -i.e. Home Improvement, Home Videos, etc. That's a premier channel?
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I haven't watched WGN but doesn't their content primarily consists of reruns of shows from commercial TV -i.e. Home Improvement, Home Videos, etc. That's a premier channel?
No, WGN broadcasts the CW lineup (formerly WB and UPN), plus White Sox, Cubs, and Bulls games (often in HD) as well as the odd movie.
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