Originally Posted by Brian Conrad
Of course there begs the question of just how well some of those older films are going to look in HD given the film grain they were shot on?
They won't look any worse
in true HD vs upconverted HD and those films that are HD quality will look much better.
My thought is it's just a rights
issue. Broadcasting in true HD may cost TCM more money than they care to pay, for a somewhat basic channel. I'm guessing
channels like MGM or Sony may be in a higher tier and therefor have more money to work with??
I really don't buy the excuse that because all movies aren't available in HD that they would purposely downconvert real HD prints only to then upconvert them for broadcast, just makes no sense. After all HDTV channels broadcast upconverted HD all the time(although maybe not on the network level?) I've never seen a HD version of things like Threes Company, Saved By The Bell, All In The Family, etc. and people can cope even though they are broadcast on a HD channel. Why wouldn't the same people be able to cope with upconverted SD programming like Laural and Hardy, Charley Chase, The Little Rascals, etc. on TCM HD?
Boy our friend from France Urga sure brought this thread back to life, before his HD screen shots this thread was almost dead, now it's usually near the top of the list, a little instigator he is......