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Forum: HDTV Programming   02-26-2017, 06:48 PM
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Posted By rdclark
I thought Redemption was just awful. Aside...

I thought Redemption was just awful.

Aside from the contrived family backstory, I've never seen so many contrived situations, cliches, and ridiculous coincidences in one episode of a TV show....
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   02-26-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 2,312
Posted By rdclark
The general consensus has been that "timbre...

The general consensus has been that "timbre matching" of the speakers in a surround array is important, so that primary sound elements emanating from anywhere around the listener are voiced...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-23-2017, 07:03 PM
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Views: 514,371
Posted By rdclark
I think the public will reject the proliferation...

I think the public will reject the proliferation of multiple subscription services, each with its own infrastructure and fee structures, and they will particularly reject paying for commercials. I...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-23-2017, 06:42 PM
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Posted By rdclark
No.

No.
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   02-21-2017, 08:16 AM
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Views: 1,083
Posted By rdclark
Arrival is everything a movie should be....

Arrival is everything a movie should be. Intellectually challenging, visually engaging, emotionally powerful. Tremendous performance by Adams. Ideas that won't leave you for days. Touches on most...
Forum: Speakers   02-21-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,992
Posted By rdclark
When I needed to replace my 7.1 AVR, the new one...

When I needed to replace my 7.1 AVR, the new one included Atmos. I configured my back speakers, front-firing and already located up against the ceiling, as ceiling speakers as 5.2.2, which is all the...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-20-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 870
Views: 47,189
Posted By rdclark
Weekly. The new Star Trek series, debuting later...

Weekly. The new Star Trek series, debuting later in the Spring, will follow the same model.
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-20-2017, 02:44 PM
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Views: 47,189
Posted By rdclark
Nope. Yesterday's premiere was a "free sample."...

Nope. Yesterday's premiere was a "free sample." You must pay if you want more. Or do what I plan to do, wait until the whole season is done, then binge-watch it during a 7-day free trial.
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-20-2017, 03:15 AM
Replies: 870
Views: 47,189
Posted By rdclark
I don't care how good it is, I'm not paying...

I don't care how good it is, I'm not paying another 6 bucks a month for a streaming service, especially one with such a limited roster. Amazon (which has many additional perks) and Hulu and HBO and...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-30-2017, 11:34 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 22,967
Posted By rdclark
Star Trek's ratings heyday was more than two...

Star Trek's ratings heyday was more than two decades ago. BSG was able to continue due to revenue from secondary markets, not from ratings. And as much as I loved BSG, accurate physics or...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-29-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 907
Views: 22,967
Posted By rdclark
An example of a show of the past, say, 25 years...

An example of a show of the past, say, 25 years that did not ignore the laws of physics or incorporate outright fantasy and still achieved high ratings being....?
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-28-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 14,608
Views: 514,371
Posted By rdclark
My TiVo Roamio Pro's Lifetime contract has now...

My TiVo Roamio Pro's Lifetime contract has now paid for itself (vs a $15/month subscription). The TiVo Mini I use in the bedroom (as an extension of the main TiVo) was $150 all in. Comcast gives me...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-09-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 14,608
Views: 514,371
Posted By rdclark
Hmmm. Who paid for an FCC license to take up a...

Hmmm. Who paid for an FCC license to take up a whole analog channel to broadcast a program guide, back in the day?

Today, of course, the question is "guide data for what?" There are dozens of...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-09-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14,608
Views: 514,371
Posted By rdclark
Before the Internet, we'd get our program guide...

Before the Internet, we'd get our program guide data from printed periodicals.

If you subscribe to cable or satellite, there's usually a dedicated channel for guide data.

Is there some other...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-09-2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 17,972
Posted By rdclark
There seemed to be an unusual amount of blanking...

There seemed to be an unusual amount of blanking of dialog (and the corresponding captions), I guess just to edit adut language. Has it always been this way on PBS? We had watched previus seasons...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-02-2017, 11:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,124
Posted By rdclark
There's an obvious difference between shows...

There's an obvious difference between shows actually commissioned by and produced for Netflix -- such as Stranger Things or the Marvel series -- and something like this, which is just a low-budget TV...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-01-2017, 09:15 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 17,972
Posted By rdclark
Miffed that I had to have looked for "Sherlock on...

Miffed that I had to have looked for "Sherlock on Masterpiece" -- and not just "Sherlock" -- for my TiVo OnePass to have recorded this. Fixed now, and it will be rebroadcast later in the week, but...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-27-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,124
Posted By rdclark
I've never watched any of those shows (except...

I've never watched any of those shows (except BSG) so it looked fresh to me.
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-26-2016, 01:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,124
Posted By rdclark
After three episodes, very impressed. Intriguing...

After three episodes, very impressed. Intriguing concept, well-paced, seems to be telling one story but with distinctly different focus for each episode.

A tribute to what can be done on an...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-17-2016, 11:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,182
Posted By rdclark
The look of the CGI landscapes and sets, as well...

The look of the CGI landscapes and sets, as well as the costumes, did appear to be intended to evoke GoT, at least from a visual perspective. While clearly this is not the version of Oz that was...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-12-2016, 07:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 164
Posted By rdclark
Take a look at Accessories4Less.com, which sells...

Take a look at Accessories4Less.com, which sells (among other things) refurbished Denons for very attractive prices. For $500 you can get an AVR-X3200W, which will do everything you need and much,...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-11-2016, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11,470
Views: 451,600
Posted By rdclark
Some do. Syria is still full of people. ...

Some do. Syria is still full of people.

Negan has been careful not to make things "bad enough" or to remove all hope.
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-11-2016, 01:48 PM
Replies: 11,470
Views: 451,600
Posted By rdclark
People form powerful attachments to their homes....

People form powerful attachments to their homes. They live where there are hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, floods... and even when their homes are destroyed and people die,...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-11-2016, 02:33 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 22,967
Posted By rdclark
I've read them all but the newest, which is...

I've read them all but the newest, which is sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to finish a couple of other books-in-progress.

The quality is consistent. Each book is a new thing, often opening up...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-04-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 703
Posted By rdclark
You're not wrong. But a straight documentary...

You're not wrong. But a straight documentary would have pulled the ratings that science documentaries always pull, while a straight drama would have been (aside from being on the wrong channel) tough...
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