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Just a heads up for those who care. HBO-HD is showing all six Star Wars movies from 1 - 6 on June 1st starting at 4pm through June 2nd ending around noon or so. Set your DVR's
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cinemax is playing all 6 episodes in hi def starting today at 3pm


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At least Han won't shoot first.
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I ordered HBO, got all six movies onto D-VHS, cancelled HBO.

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Sweet, thanks. I forgot to set my DVR during today's Cinemax marathon, and didn't feel like walking my girlfriend through the process (or having her turn on the projector for 5 minutes to just set the recordings).

I assume these will be OAR like the Cinemax presentation.
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Even though i have the DVDs the DVR is recording the Cinemax marathon in one long gulp. (Yes I have the room)
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how many hours to record all 6? how much space do i need on my dvr?
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Does anyone know with certainty whether either or both the Cinemax-HD and the HBO-HD broadcasts will be in OAR- Original Aspect Ratio?

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yes and yes

At the explicit request of Lucasfilm, the high definition broadcasts of the Star Wars films are in the original scope aspect ratio
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yes and yes

At the explicit request of Lucasfilm, the high definition broadcasts of the Star Wars films are in the original scope aspect ratio

And they look great. I've already DVR'd SW and TESB off of HBO-HD about a month back, cause they're the only ones I care about anyway. Oh, and III as well, but only because its a great demo for a system.

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IIRC, some of the initial showings on Cinemax HD were not OAR. Your mileage may vary.

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IIRC, some of the initial showings on Cinemax HD were not OAR. Your mileage may vary.


Caught the end of SW3 on Cinemax HD, it was OAR. SW 4 just started and it's OAR. Hopefully, all will be OAR. The DVR is crankin' away.
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I really need to get an external Hard Drive. Dang this infernal 120g DVR!!
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I really need to get an external Hard Drive. Dang this infernal 120g DVR!!

LOL. I remember my fist hard drive I ever bought. It was a whole 20MB (yes, that's Megabyte with an M). It had a 2800RPM platter speed and came in a case the size of a frag box. I was like "wow, how could anyone EVER fill something like that!"



Too bad I'm still running with an SD DVR. I wouldn't mind recording these at all.
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Too bad I'm still running with an SD DVR. I wouldn't mind recording these at all.

You're running off an SD DVR, and you have the temerity to call yourself NetworkTV??

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IIRC, some of the initial showings on Cinemax HD were not OAR. Your mileage may vary.

Not these! Lucasfilm INSISTED on OAR at least for the HD shows.
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IIRC, some of the initial showings on Cinemax HD were not OAR. Your mileage may vary.

It was MaxOnDemand that were not all OAR (and only Episode I by my recollection). The broadcasted showings on Max and HBO have all been OAR since they began showing all 6.
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It was MaxOnDemand that were not all OAR (and only Episode I by my recollection). The broadcasted showings on Max and HBO have all been OAR since they began showing all 6.

Episode II was the one that wasn't OAR on On Demand.

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Wonder if the recordings used for HBO/CMax are the ones scanned at 4k (for 1080/24p downconversion) by John Lowry with banks of Apple Macs paralleled as an image-restoration supercomputer? -- John

Edit:Apparently, from Lowry's 2nd/3rd resonse in this article , his 4k scanning wasn't used for the series.
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You're running off an SD DVR, and you have the temerity to call yourself NetworkTV??

Get thee to a nunnery!

Ah, but network television is my job, not my hobby. Besides, I have D*. I'm waiting to see how the new HD channels shake out before I invest in any more equipment.
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I would bet money the reason they are showing again is this is the 30th anniversary for the original star wars.

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That's what the commercials (on Cinemax at least, which HBO owns) say, so you'd be right.
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yes and yes

At the explicit request of Lucasfilm, the high definition broadcasts of the Star Wars films are in the original scope aspect ratio


Nice!

I'll be recording off Dish Network HBO-HD with R5000-HD.

HBO-HD = MPEG2 = Very easily played back at the highest PQ with MyHD etc.

Cinemax-HD = MPEG4 H.264 = Not easily played back at the highest PQ

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Ah, but network television is my job, not my hobby.


That must have been intended as a joke, but you forgot the winky emote, right?
Either that or 'denial' ain't just a river in Egypt.

I'm not trying to be obstinate, and you're okay by me, but the entertainment industry, including television, is most certainly your hobby as well. Otherwise you wouldn't be killing time here like the rest of us, and averaging about 1,000 posts a year since you joined this website. Nothing to be ashamed of mind you, not when the rest of us are here too for pretty much the same reason.

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how many hours to record all 6? how much space do i need on my dvr?

The guide data is showing Episode starting at 2:15pm (CDT) on Friday, June 1st, and Episode 6 is scheduled to run from 1:55am-4:15am (June 2nd). So 14 hours long...

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Is the PQ on HBO-HD worth the bother to upgrade my package?

The HD package is ok. I watch a lot of movies on the HDNET Movies... they are not very good. A lot of ghosting.
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Is the PQ on HBO-HD worth the bother to upgrade my package?

The HD package is ok. I watch a lot of movies on the HDNET Movies... they are not very good. A lot of ghosting.

It depends on who your HD provider is. And it also depends on whether you are watching on a 32-inch set or an 8 foot 1080p state-of-the-art-and-I-drive-an-old-car setup.

It also depends on your purpose. Generally, any movie on a TV channel is not going to look as good as the same movie on a disk of the same format (ie in this case, HD format). Of course, many films are not available on HD disk, and in fact, HDNET Movies shows a few films that are not even available on DVD.

I'm going to resubscribe to HBO in order to watch "John From Cincinnati", the latest TV show by David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues), which starts June 10, IIRC. So, I might as well subscribe on June 1 and catch Star Wars as well.

Boxes full of VHS tapes of movies testify that "archiving" is a pointless task - DVR the films if you want to see them in the near term, otherwise a better version will pop up later.

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I'll be recording off Dish Network HBO-HD with R5000-HD.

HBO-HD = MPEG2 = Very easily played back at the highest PQ with MyHD etc.

Cinemax-HD = MPEG4 H.264 = Not easily played back at the highest PQ

I'm not understanding that. Anything that plays back MPEG4 will play it back at full PQ. If it is insufficient for MPEG4, then it freeze up, and macroblock - which I would not call "lower PQ", I would just call it "failing to play back properly".
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Thanks for the reply, never quite thought about it that way. D*Tv is the provider and my set is a 56" 1080P JVC. I'm a stickler for good PQ.

Guess I got a couple of days to decide if the $13 dollars is worth the 6 films on HD DVR... sounds great till football season and the fall linup. HD space will be tight.

I'm toying with the idea cause Lucas says he won't release it on HD till a format wins.
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The EU h.264 broadcasts are far superior to the mpeg2 broadcasts on cine/hbo.
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