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Forum: HDTV Programming   03-24-2017, 08:54 PM
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Posted By Gary McCoy
I didn't recognize her either. But her partner...

I didn't recognize her either. But her partner who died this last episode was a familiar face, Peter Williams played the "god" Apophis on Stargate SG1, a recurring role over several years.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-19-2017, 01:16 AM
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Views: 3,031
Posted By Gary McCoy
Until recently , the 4K version of Breaking Bad...

Until recently , the 4K version of Breaking Bad was one of the few UHD titles on Amazon Prime. I compared it to the 1080p streaming version and saw little difference, and only when I got closer to...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   03-16-2017, 11:04 AM
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Posted By Gary McCoy
Not to mention, the smelliest people I know are...

Not to mention, the smelliest people I know are small people.

I am speaking of my twin grandkids, one girl and one boy, still in diapers.
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-16-2017, 10:58 AM
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Posted By Gary McCoy
Counterpoint. This episode was devoted to...

Counterpoint. This episode was devoted to character development and relatively low on action. The atrocity in the airlock and the attempted hijacking of the missiles were interesting, but not as...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   03-15-2017, 12:40 PM
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Posted By Gary McCoy
RUR, Thank you for your courtesy. I started...

RUR, Thank you for your courtesy. I started reading the first of the three LOTR books as a teenager, and finished the third when I was serving in the military on an isolated outpost near the Arctic...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   03-15-2017, 11:23 AM
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Posted By Gary McCoy
No, and I am one who is not troubled if my...

No, and I am one who is not troubled if my opinion differs from the snooty elite pretenders to taste, either. Let it be known that I saw Avatar four times in the theater, wrote a comparison in AVS...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   03-14-2017, 01:34 AM
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Views: 2,704
Posted By Gary McCoy
The Abyss BR is coming in 2017. There exists...

The Abyss BR is coming in 2017. There exists only one digital transfer of the movie, it was used for the original non-anamorphic DVD and the HD broadcast.

There will probably NEVER be another...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-13-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 87
Posted By Gary McCoy
Chicago Justice on NBC

This is really the latest installment of Law and Order, transplanted from NYC to Chicago.

The male lead is "Peter Stone", played by Philip Winchester, the son of "Ben Stone", the original...
Forum: Movies, Concerts, and Music Discussion   03-13-2017, 02:24 PM
Replies: 121
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Posted By Gary McCoy
Well said. As an armchair critic, I am hard to...

Well said. As an armchair critic, I am hard to please. Avatar may not have had a strong dramatic plot, but it was storytelling on an epic scale that has seldom been equalled. For example, it put...
Forum: HDTV Programming   03-10-2017, 09:12 PM
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Posted By Gary McCoy
SyFy via DirecTV had no problems last episode.

SyFy via DirecTV had no problems last episode.
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-06-2017, 04:19 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,349
Posted By Gary McCoy
I THINK we are in agreement - a 4K display...

I THINK we are in agreement - a 4K display upscales all material to 3840X2160p@60 fps for video or @48fps if the original is film sourced. In the case of The Expanse, live material is shot at 6K...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-05-2017, 08:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,349
Posted By Gary McCoy
The placebo effect has been alive and well at AVS...

The placebo effect has been alive and well at AVS science. We used to have legions of listeners who claimed to hear the differences between gold and tin plated cables, and between silver plated...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-05-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,349
Posted By Gary McCoy
I think what you are saying is that you believe...

I think what you are saying is that you believe it impossible to deliver 2160p and 5.1 video in lossless format via a streaming connection. That is simply not true, we were doing so in 2015: ...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-04-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,349
Posted By Gary McCoy
Nobody will dispute that a new UHD display will...

Nobody will dispute that a new UHD display will be miles better than a several-year-old Samsung. I replaced an 8-year old Samsung with my UHD set, it was a distinct upgrade. Likewise both Blu-Ray...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-04-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,349
Posted By Gary McCoy
Except I don't have bit-starved streams, I have...

Except I don't have bit-starved streams, I have plenty of bandwidth and I'm judging from a particularly good source which is the Amazon Prime UHD version of The Expanse vs. the 1080p version of the...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-03-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,349
Posted By Gary McCoy
Look, I own a 4K display and I am familiar with...

Look, I own a 4K display and I am familiar with UHD streaming material from Amazon Prime. I can confirm that from my usual viewing position where my eyes are about 1.9X the screen diagonal, I can't...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-02-2017, 03:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,349
Posted By Gary McCoy
It is amusing that you would think this. The...

It is amusing that you would think this. The principle involved is the same as popularized by Apple in the so-called "retina" displays. When the number of pixels projected upon your retina in the...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   03-02-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,349
Posted By Gary McCoy
Here's a quick way to tell if you will SEE any...

Here's a quick way to tell if you will SEE any resolution improvement. Take the diagonal screen measurement of your display, and measure the distance from your eyes to the display. If you are...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-07-2017, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1,004
Views: 25,723
Posted By Gary McCoy
The versions we are getting on DirecTV are 1080i,...

The versions we are getting on DirecTV are 1080i, which looks quite sharp in still or slow-moving scenes, and displays minor interlacing artifacts on fast-moving, high contrast objects. The normal...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-05-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 1,004
Views: 25,723
Posted By Gary McCoy
....not to mention, the casting of five foot,...

....not to mention, the casting of five foot, eleven and a fraction inches of actress Frankie Adams as the profane, six foot, six inch "Gunny" Bobbie Draper character in the books. Adams is not a...
Forum: Video Download Services & Hardware   02-03-2017, 03:49 PM
Replies: 2,307
Views: 198,834
Posted By Gary McCoy
That list is way out of date. I stream UHD on a...

That list is way out of date. I stream UHD on a 2015 vintage UHD Vizio I got at Costco, there are multiple UHD models not in that list. I use the wired interface option over a powerline bridge to...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-03-2017, 03:06 PM
Replies: 1,004
Views: 25,723
Posted By Gary McCoy
Except that all of Season 1 of The Expanse is...

Except that all of Season 1 of The Expanse is available on Amazon Prime in 2160p, aka UHD. That would be "the best quality", not vanilla 1080p, but only if you have a UHD display.

Since I have a...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-02-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 1,004
Views: 25,723
Posted By Gary McCoy
That is Shohreh Aghdashloo, she is a 64 year old...

That is Shohreh Aghdashloo, she is a 64 year old actress born in Iran, she has been around the block and the heavy Persian intonations don't help much. But I agree with you, she is wonderfully...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-02-2017, 05:10 PM
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Posted By Gary McCoy
I watched the first two episodes of S2 on my...

I watched the first two episodes of S2 on my DirecTiVo DVR and in fact that version is 1080i. The image is fairly clean but on high contrast objects in rapid horizontal motion you do get some fine...
Forum: HDTV Programming   02-01-2017, 07:42 AM
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Views: 25,723
Posted By Gary McCoy
That is correct, tonight the first two episodes...

That is correct, tonight the first two episodes of season 2 are being broadcast (mostly) commercial-free in one hour and 35 minutes, with another 20 minutes of series-related material (previews and...
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