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Forum: HDTV Technical   12-16-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By John Mason
When you spot scenes that appear especially...

When you spot scenes that appear especially detailed, it's possible to measure the resolution of the details on screen; (signal quality and processing hardware must influence picture quality)....
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-16-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 101,257
Posted By John Mason
Today's headlines, about the Taliban in Pakistan...

Today's headlines, about the Taliban in Pakistan claiming responsibility for killing 125 school children, plus countless similar incidents, like the one that just led to a Nobel prize for a young...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-16-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,296
Posted By John Mason
Watched a while, up to about the TV unveiling of...

Watched a while, up to about the TV unveiling of the 'star ship' for the 100-year journey. Very painful. With the appearance of the ship, thought this might have been some kind of spoof, like '94's ...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-14-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 776
Posted By John Mason
Notice at Starz's site (http://www.starz.com)...

Notice at Starz's site (http://www.starz.com) that the series was nominated for two Golden Globes, best miniseries and actress within.


Ian, the reward benefactor, made a mistake visiting...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-12-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 297
Posted By John Mason
Here's an article ...

Here's an article (http://www.ultrahdtv.net/producer-truth-4k) about up-scaling some video to 4k. Search page for "cheesecloth" effect--what one 4k producer writes about some up-conversions. [No,...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-11-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 18,406
Views: 2,104,932
Posted By John Mason
^^^Yes, that discussion you mentioned is in my...

^^^Yes, that discussion you mentioned is in my link. Agree lots of those listed as MPEG-4 are less known. If most aren't running as MPEG-4, hope an updated list is available somewhere, Several years...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-11-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 18,406
Views: 2,104,932
Posted By John Mason
Tried a web search of MPEG-4 FIOS channels ...

Tried a web search of MPEG-4 FIOS channels (http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r29127951-Which-channels-are-on-MPEG-4-MPEG4) this morning and noticed HBO Family is listed, several Cinemax channels,...
Forum: HDTV Technical   12-09-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 29,342
Posted By John Mason
Suppose up-scaling, down-scaling and optical...

Suppose up-scaling, down-scaling and optical magnification, as well as the discussed de-interlacing, should be mentioned with 1080i versus 720p..


When video experts were testing ...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-08-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 18,406
Views: 2,104,932
Posted By John Mason
My 'big picture' is only a 65" plasma at ~8'....

My 'big picture' is only a 65" plasma at ~8'. Haven't been noticing blocking or other artifacts on any channel (mid-town Manhattan). But someone, a West coaster in another forum, also posted...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-08-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 776
Posted By John Mason
Just watched episode 105, "Molly," on Starz's...

Just watched episode 105, "Molly," on Starz's VOD, slated for this Satuday with the premium channel's advance-showing experiment. This week it was a 24 hour wait today versus the immediate VOD...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-08-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18,406
Views: 2,104,932
Posted By John Mason
Has anyone used diagnostics mode lately? My NYC...

Has anyone used diagnostics mode lately? My NYC FIOS system (Ultimate package), with the 1.9.7. update on my 7232 DVR didn't work recently with the PWR, OK, OK remote sequence from several years...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-08-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 101,257
Posted By John Mason
Wondered earlier above about how they'd get the...

Wondered earlier above about how they'd get the main characters away from blazing cars. Last night thought I'd missed an opening scene: The fire(s), amazingly, were out, just smoking slightly, and...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-05-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 852
Views: 35,706
Posted By John Mason
Watching NYC's FIOS (Ultimate program...

Watching NYC's FIOS (Ultimate program subscription, with access to all non-specialized program sources). That initial fan-club-chosen (favorites) sequence, jumping forward several episodes each time,...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-05-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 852
Views: 35,706
Posted By John Mason
While replaying episodes before the new season,...

While replaying episodes before the new season, wish they'd organize things better. A week or so back they played non-sequential episodes picked by a fan club. Hard to track what's going on...
Forum: HDTV Technical   12-03-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 264
Posted By John Mason
Posting your location sometimes has the advantage...

Posting your location sometimes has the advantage of getting suggestions from AVSers familiar with other local services.


Don't think I'd want to lose that detail apparently missing (DBS MPEG4)...
Forum: HDTV Technical   12-03-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 264
Posted By John Mason
Reads like unwelcome trade-offs--fine details...

Reads like unwelcome trade-offs--fine details visible with some macroblocking and mosquito noise for cable (MPEG2), versus smoother motion but fine details missing from satellite (MPEG4). I'd prefer...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-02-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,508
Posted By John Mason
Another fictional solution (rescuing...

Another fictional solution (rescuing terrorist-captured girls in Nigeria), following the Russian sub destruction. They certainly keep plots up to date. Suspect, to keep the lead character authentic...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-01-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 103
Posted By John Mason
"Handel's Messiah": BYUtv in HD?

Anyone watch this documentary in HD? Watched it yesterday (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/44-movies-concerts-music-discussion/1785058-handel-s-messiah-byutv.html) and the PQ was so good from my NYC...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   12-01-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 75
Posted By John Mason
"Handel's Messiah" on BYUtv

Noticed Neil Genzlinger's review (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/27/arts/television/the-making-of-handels-messiah-on-byutv.html) of this documentary in the Nov. 26 NY Times. Hadn't seen...
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-30-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 776
Posted By John Mason
The "red herrings," like the French swat team and...

The "red herrings," like the French swat team and retired detective at the abandoned warehouse, continue to add up. Enjoyed jumping to Starz's VOD listings following last night's episode and watching...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   11-26-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 22,128
Views: 3,574,327
Posted By John Mason
Looking forward to your Wanted Man review....

Looking forward to your Wanted Man review. Noticed it's on FIOS pay per view, so soon on one of the premium channels. Le Carre's recent article ...
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-25-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,508
Posted By John Mason
Recall an article several years ago about how the...

Recall an article several years ago about how the U.S. was tapping undersea cables. So, among the other incredulous details, it was hard to digest why our cable traffic, even fictionally, would carry...
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-25-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 776
Posted By John Mason
Discovered I could watch the 3rd episode before...

Discovered I could watch the 3rd episode before it's scheduled to appear on the 29th. Starz has a new scheduling experiment ...
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-24-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 101,257
Posted By John Mason
syntaxLooks like there are key characters...

syntaxLooks like there are key characters appearing in the preview. But the vehicle explosions look terminal for most of the occupants. It's going to take an amazing plot twist to resolve this. Oh...
Forum: HDTV Programming   11-23-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 776
Posted By John Mason
The mystery deepens. Glad I caught the first...

The mystery deepens. Glad I caught the first episode; the second last night suggests this'll be an exciting miniseries: Beware of strangers bearing gifts; not a Trojan horse here, but a 'benefactor'...
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