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Forum: HDTV Programming   01-19-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 253
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Posted By John Mason
^^^Recall griping earlier above about black...

^^^Recall griping earlier above about black levels for mostly interior shots (earlier seasons). Found I could reset my gamma level to 2.0 from 2.2 on my plasma monitor and that makes black clothing a...
Forum: HDTV Programming   01-03-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,152
Posted By John Mason
According to this article ...

According to this article (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/starz-renews-anthology-missing-second-758393) in The Hollywood Reporter "The Missing" will have a 2nd season. Reading the...
Forum: Blu-ray Software   01-01-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 22,230
Views: 3,580,453
Posted By John Mason
Haven't seen a Blu-ray yet of Starz's 8-part...

Haven't seen a Blu-ray yet of Starz's 8-part miniseries, "The Missing" (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/34-hdtv-programming/1763049-starz-missing.html#post29083809), for comparison, but noticed this...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-30-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,104
Posted By John Mason
Well, wish 'em luck for season 2 ...

Well, wish 'em luck for season 2 (http://www.sho.com/sho/video/titles/34033/untitled)--even though they seem determined to:
"Sink back into the ocean" ...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-30-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 4,163
Views: 204,168
Posted By John Mason
^^^The current re-run continues 1/5. I've been...

^^^The current re-run continues 1/5. I've been watching and DVRing--up to about season 3 now. -- John
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-27-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,152
Posted By John Mason
Thanks for that reminder. Forgot that...

Thanks for that reminder. Forgot that fogged-window drawing in Russia because it was so fast. I'd concluded Oly was still alive, too, mostly because Tony was still pursuing him and the Romanian...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-23-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,152
Posted By John Mason
So far, for those of us who have seen the ending...

So far, for those of us who have seen the ending on VOD, nothing has been disclosed about the ending that couldn't have been speculated about. Anyone can see this from the actual ending. However,...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-23-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 2,033
Views: 102,709
Posted By John Mason
Showtime boss explains quiet 'Homeland' finale. ...

Showtime boss explains quiet 'Homeland' finale. (http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/12/22/showtime-homeland-finale/) That link popped up as a featured news item on my Bing homepage yesterday. While...
Forum: HDTV Programming   12-21-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,152
Posted By John Mason
Watched the last two episodes on Starz's VOD...

Watched the last two episodes on Starz's VOD Saturday afternoon. Maybe the Golden Globe awards (Jan. 11, NBC) sped scheduling along.


Not the ending I would have expected, like the examples I...
Forum: HDTV Technical   12-16-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 221
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: 2,033
Views: 102,709
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: 121
Views: 2,865
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: 36
Views: 1,152
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: 404
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: 18,442
Views: 2,109,457
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: 18,442
Views: 2,109,457
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: 122
Views: 29,985
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: 18,442
Views: 2,109,457
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: 36
Views: 1,152
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: 18,442
Views: 2,109,457
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: 2,033
Views: 102,709
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: 35,975
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: 35,975
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: 321
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: 321
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...
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