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Hi everybody, I sent an e-mail to SpaceTV to know if they add any plans for hd soon, they replied that they're planning to be 100% hd soon but that's all they wrote back, does anybody know more about it.

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Scifi is still SD but I have heard rumors of it going HD this year. I would be surprised if Space did it anytime this year. I would love that though. In fact I have been considering watching CityTV HD instead of Space since they are at least offering HD versions of BSG albeit 1 year later.
 

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I would have thought SPACE: The Imagination Station would be a no-brainer for an HD facelift. Proves what I know. The techie geeky sci-fi crowd I would expect "over-index" on HD and early adopter anything and therefore make for an interesting, and unique, advertising audience which can only be enhanced in HD. Pity Moses Znaimer has retired to classical fiords and and is no longer running the CHUM MotherShip.
 

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You can be darn sure I'd be making time to watch a lot of old favourites if Space does go HD. Watching the facelifted original Trek in HD? Oh yeah! Plus Next Generation, Buffy and Firefly (assuming they were filmed as opposed to videotaped)? Totally there! Not to mention all the movies they air. Oh man, SpaceHD would be shiny indeed.

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As far as I know CityTV-HD does not show BSG in HD, except for 2 ot 4 episodes. Like many others I got all excited after watching in high-def, only to be plunged back into SD despair:) It's still better PQ than Space, but it still doesn't compare to watching the DVDs (especially on a good upconverting player). And with the box-set of season 3 likely coming out -- again -- before CityTV shows it, I will most likely be renting (or buying -- come on, Universal, give us a sweet deal).

I have tried contacting City-TV repeatedly asking two simple questions:
1. When will BSG-S3 begin? If they wait until September they will risk losing viewers to the box set.
2. Will they show it in HD? Again, if it's not HD and it comes out after the box-set is released, what is my motivation?
 

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SPACE Announces Its Fall 2007 Programming Highlights

Please visit www.spacecast.com/media to view SPACE's multimedia press kit, which includes the fall 2007 programming announcement, high-res photos and a video preview.

TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Continuing to be the home of sci-fi and fantasy in Canada, SPACE's new fall line-up has something for everyone, bringing back fan-favourite hits, fresh new shows and sci-fi classics.

"SPACE is a great channel to program," says Ismé Bennie, Director of Programming and Acquisitions for SPACE. "Our loyal viewers have given us rating successes which translate into a stable of returning hits: Battlestar Galactica, The 4400, Eureka and Stargate Atlantis, to name a few. I believe our new additions - Blood Ties and Kyle XY - will quickly become
fan-favourites."

For a complete list and detailed information about SPACE's fall 2007 programming, high-res photos and a video preview, please visit: www.spacecast.com/media
http://www.cnw.ca/en/releases/archive/June2007/05/c9079.html
 

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Watching the facelifted original Trek in HD? Oh yeah! (assuming they were filmed as opposed to videotaped)?
All you have to do is watch a good SD master of the original Trek and compare it to a show from the sixties that was videotaped and you should know right away that Trek was indeed filmed in 35mm. Same with the Next Generation.

The problem is that SPACE would have to get a hold of tapes that were remastered from the films to Hdcam SR masters. The cost of doing that and allocating the extra bandwidth for HD may not justify such a decision at this time.

I don’t know if the studio could remaster in 16:9. The shows were shot for 4:3 television and they may have used lenses that utilized the film in 4:3 aspect ratio. Not sure on this point.
 

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Well they now have permission to broadcast in HD along with some other CHUM specialties (make that CTVgm specialty channels)
The Commission approves the application by CHUM Limited, on its own behalf and on behalf of its subsidiaries Learning and Skills Television of Alberta Limited; CHUM Limited and 1640576 Ontario Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Pulse 24 Partnership; 1708482 Ontario Inc.; 1708483 Ontario Inc. and 4358350 Canada Inc., to amend the broadcasting licences for the English-language specialty programming undertakings known as Fashion Television Channel; Star!; Book Television; CourtTV Canada; CablePulse24; Bravo!; Space: The Imagination Station; Razer; MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic to allow the services to be available for distribution in high definition (HD) format.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2007/db2007-172.htm
 

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Hogan's Heroes has been playing in "HD" on HDNet. I don't know from personal experience but I'd expect it is offered in 4:3, not 16:9. Same would apply to the various film originated Star Trek TV series.

Now that there is green light for Space HD, let's hope they put it on the 2008 business plan.
 

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We don't know when they actually plan to get those on the air. There doesn't seem to be any way for Bev to carry any of those until 2009. I am not sure about other BDUs.
 

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If we have to wait for BEV to carry Space HD, it may be a long time.

Something tells me if Space HD were offered in the next six months, with compelling HD content, a number of providers would gobble it up. Bell's participation is, more-or-less, irrelevant. Nice to have, of course: but hardly a deal breaker until they find some HD capacity.
 

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I wouldn't make that assumption. Have you noticed how few HD channels have appeared over the last year or so? May just have the something to do with the likelihood of them being picked up by a majority of the Cdn. television providers. Not just Bell, but SC and many of the cable companies.

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In the last 18 months launched in HD:

Raptors
Discovery "Theatre"
Movie Central 2
MPix HD
MMore HD
HD Net
Leafs HD
The Score HD
A&E
Showcase
National Geographic
WGN (on Rogers; was on Bell)
HD Movies On Demand
Rush
Equator
Oasis
Treasure
Canal D
Canal Vie
Historia
Series +
Vrak
Z-Tele

That's not a bad list, is it? Plus prime time network TV actually is something like 80% HD now and more local programming is turning up in HD -- on City, Sun, OMNI -- and stuff like NBC Nightly News has moved to HD.
Of course there is room for more but there's no reason to suspect more won't arrive in 2007 assuming the capacity can be found.
 

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Not to change the subject but I think in some cases Bell may have to resort to going to HD Lite on some channels in order to squeez a few more in. For example instead of having a 1920x1080 signal, you would get a 1440x1080 or 1280x1080. Dish and DirecTV already do this in the USA. It's quite contraversial but I could see the Canadian Satellite companies up here doing the same thing in order to keep up. For now StarCHoice will use 8PSK modulation to get 11-15 more stations on their satellite. Who knows maybe Bell will migrate to 8PSK as well.
 
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