Originally Posted by jpr281
I'd love to give a comment on the PQ on TCM HD, but Cablevision is still squeezing 4 HD channels into a QAM even with their recent removal of over a dozen analog channels, so it wouldn't be fair on TCM's part.
So far there doesn't seem to be problems with compression on TCM HD. Pictures are sharp and there is no sign of digital breakup or motion artifacting.
As noted before, older black and white films exhibit a bit more black level and contrast range. However, there are problems with color presentations. I was disappointed to find films like "In The Heat Of The Night" and "Dr. Zhivago" being too dark and over saturated in color. Zhivago was much duller compared to the DVD edition which makes me wonder what source material TCM is using.
Missing subtitles from Juliet Of The Spirits was not a problem when aired on an old VOOM station so I think TCM has to work out some more of it's kinks. Even Robert Osborn introductions are still 4x3.