Originally Posted by Isadora
I wish that made you/me an 'expert'
So what about other channels? Obviously any new content (Mad Men, etc.) on AMC is actual HD, but what about when they're airing older content. Are they doing what TCM is doing perhaps? And how about TNT HD or TBS HD - Are old Seinfield and Friends episodes actually remastered to HD? Even reruns on Discovery Channel...
There are several different scenarios here:
When AMC airs older content it is at least sometimes
in HD. In general if an HD master exists they air it in HD, although there are probably occasions where that is not true for whatever reason. That said they plaster their logo on it, have huge snipes, and just about always crop to 16x9. Oh and they seem to play the same few movies over and over and over again. TCM's presentation is much better than AMC's.
Seinfeld has been seen on TBS in actual HD for a few years. Friends too I think but I haven't actually seen it myself (holding out for the BD boxset). Many of Discovery Channels older shows were shot on standard def tape, there is no way to remaster them for HD.
Here's the issues with TCM: Some
of the movies they air are available in HD. We know this because they're available on BD or have been seen in HD on other channels. Not all of them are. Why they don't air movies in HD when there is an available HD master? Only 2 possible explanations IMO, either they're being total cheapskates (the cost to upgrade equipment just to air recorded material has to be pocket change for Time-Warner), or they're just completely indifferent. No one here is expecting them to go back and remaster every single title in their library to air in HD.
Originally Posted by NetworkTV
But that makes little sense as a reason for this.
Whether it's upconverted ort native, it's still an HD signal at the end of the chain. It doesn't save any bandwidth.
In fact, it makes it harder to compress to fit it into signal space since you're starting off with a softer image. If it were native HD, you could use more compression before it starts to visibly affect the image quality since you'd be starting off with a sharper image to begin with.I still think this is some sort of rights issue with the content and I think TCM is using some sort of silly loophole to avoid paying more for sending out HD versions of the content.
At one point, I would have believed it was the expense of an equipment upgrade, but too much time has passed for the to be the case at this point.
But that makes no sense for titles outright owned by them. Even if they're owned by another subsidiary of Time Warner, it wouldn't even require actual money changing hands. And it still means they're total tightwads.Edited by lobosrul - 10/26/12 at 1:41pm