I know this is not a Screens subject but I wanted to just post this here to direct you who haven't seen this important issue in the programming section. Please place any comments there in the referenced thread.
AVS Member Fred DeGrandis has started a thread and petition drive to request HBO execs to offer even more HDTV programming and reverse their policy to air pan & scan HDTV movies.
The latest revised text of the petition is:We are members of a home theater forum who have been sending in many
requests on the Talk to HBO section of your web site. Our comments range
widely from "More HD content" to broadcasting your movies in the Original
Aspect Ratio as the film was shown in the theaters.
We are subscribers to HBO HD and are happy with the overall viewing
experience; but, the majority of us feel that if you would change your
policy to showing movies in the Original Aspect Ratio, it would greatly
improve our enjoyment of your programming. We understand that making film
to HDTV tape transfers is an expensive process. We also understand that the
process of doing this in Pan & Scan by your present policy adds additional
cost to the process that, in reality, your viewers of HBO HD do not want.
You could save money and please your specific HDTV viewers by simply
changing your Pan & Scan policy so that all movies are presented in the
Original Aspect Ratio.
We recognize that HBO is doing its best to offer us more movies and HBO
Original programming in HDTV. We have seen this growth over the past year
and just want to say we appreciate your efforts. In a special request, we
would like to see the following future episodes in HDTV: OZ; Dennis Miller
Live; Arliss; Curb your Enthusiasm; Inside the NFL; and, Boxing events.
HBO HDTV special programming like The Sopranos and Band of Brothers has been
very well received by us HDTV enthusiasts. We just want more of these in
HDTV and wish for you to make every effort to provide them.
By granting your HDTV viewers these two requests, you will have shown us you
care about what your fans of HBO HD want. We don't believe these two
requests are unreasonable and in fact, we believe the reversal of your Pan &
Scan policy on just your HDTV movies to showing them in OAR will reduce your
costs of film transfers.
Won't you please consider our requests and discuss the merits of them at
your next programming policy meeting? We are your audience, HBO, please
do not let us down.
If you agree, please support this effort by adding your name to the growing list at:http://www.**************.com/HBOHD/petition.html
If you would like to read more about this petition and some comments already made about the issues check out this thread:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=100788
I feel a good show of numbers may get the changes we want and show HBO they do have a growing number of viewers of HBO HDTV.