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post #1141 of 1278
> You will find long threads about them in the forum here, and it's not just their "OAR" policy that drove people away from them. <<br />
Oh, absolutely! No question about that. I was a frequent complainer in those threads myself, and griped repeatedly to Showtime, and eventually terminated my service. Then re-joined, and terminated again when they started up.

At the moment, they're not doing that crap, but as soon as they have a new series to promote (maybe when U.S. of Tara restarts, if it's going to) it'll be saturation advertising again, and total disregard for their viewers, or a quality product. That's why they have $5/month subscription offers running.

But it was their OAR policy I was referring to, and while some of their true HD films are cropped, my experience had been that most were OAR or open matte. I didn't tag every film I ever recorded off SHO in the last few years, but a quick grep shows over 120 OAR films aired in 2.35 and true HD. Considering how many re-runs they show, and how few actual new films, I'd say that's not too bad. Certainly a far better record than HBO/MAX. Plus, they actually air 1.85 films at that AR, and not at 1.78 like HDNet Movies does on most, in spite of claiming to always be OAR.

-Tim
post #1142 of 1278
Hey! Ion's showing Patriot Games in OAR and the picture looks pretty good. Looks like they're tightening up their engineering compared to a couple months ago. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised by their movie lineup. Good to see some worthwhile older stuff in HD for free.

ABC, meanwhile, is showing King Kong cropped. Boo.
post #1143 of 1278
Even though I can't understand it...Telemundo HD is showing Mission Impossible OAR. It looks and sounds fantastic. This is compared to TNT who showed it cropped 3 hours earlier. Kudos to Telemundo! Where is the English on the SAP? Haha.
post #1144 of 1278
1408 in OAR on TNT HD.
post #1145 of 1278
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Originally Posted by Rutgerskid View Post

Even though I can't understand it...Telemundo HD is showing Mission Impossible OAR. It looks and sounds fantastic. This is compared to TNT who showed it cropped 3 hours earlier. Kudos to Telemundo! Where is the English on the SAP? Haha.

You can do CC1 and Digital 2 so at least you can have English sub titles
post #1146 of 1278
Matrix Reloaded OAR on ION-TV (shocking). They are one of the last OTA broadcasters to show OTA on a regular basis. Unfortunately they do not broadcast 5.1DD (just 2.0). I sent them an email on this issue- let's see if they get back to me.
post #1147 of 1278
I'd just be happy to get ION in HD at all. A number of their presentations appear to be OAR. In fact, I sent them an email a few weeks back concerning this. The reply mentioned something about looking into it and getting back with me.
post #1148 of 1278
Very pleased with Showtime.
They aired Transporter 3 in OAR this past weekend.
+1 for Showtime

Edit: I know they like to preserve OTR. Just glad to see it.
post #1149 of 1278
Medicine Man (with Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco) is being shown on HBO this month. Any chance it's OAR? It's never been released anamorphically on DVD. Just hoping. Anyone catch it?
post #1150 of 1278
AMC seems to be doing less of the stretching of P & S formatted movies on their HD channel. I have noticed most movies are being shown in the widescreen format on the HD channel, but sadly not necessarily in the OAR of those movies. As far as seeing a movie in OAR on HBO, the chances are very slim this will happen. I believe the last time I saw an OAR movie on HBO is when they were showing the Star Wars movies.

It is very sad indeed that they think people will be upset with seeing a little bit of black bars on their HD TVs. This is the full-blown era of digital TV it is time people learn to accept the black bars on the movies with a ratio different from the 1.78 or 1.85 ratio that produces no bars. (End of rant)
post #1151 of 1278
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I believe the last time I saw an OAR movie on HBO is when they were showing the Star Wars movies.

It is very sad indeed that they think people will be upset with seeing a little bit of black bars on their HD TVs. This is the full-blown era of digital TV it is time people learn to accept the black bars on the movies with a ratio different from the 1.78 or 1.85 ratio that produces no bars. (End of rant)


I agree...the correct OAR hasn't stopped people from buying DVDs and Blu-Rays. The HBO policy is reprehensible. Peoplew can always zoom in to eliminate black bars anyway. Unfortunately, we can't "zoom out" to view the film properly. However, if the director steps in and insists, the films are shown properly. Two that have appeared in OAR since STAR WARS are OCEANS 13 and MOTHER OF TEARS. Thank heaven for SHOWTIME...QUANTUM OF SOLACE in glorious 2.35:1!!!
post #1152 of 1278
AMC just showed Top Gun in 2.35:1, and is also now showing Mission Impossible in its correct aspect ratio of 2.35:1, looks pretty good
post #1153 of 1278
HBO aired The Hunt For Red October yesterday in OAR.
post #1154 of 1278
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Originally Posted by AKAWalrus View Post

HBO aired The Hunt For Red October yesterday in OAR.

That's because it's one of their old, old transfers, just like the way they show Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger in OAR as well.

(HBO once gave a d--n about their viewers, before becoming convinced people "didn't like black bars.")
post #1155 of 1278
Mission Impossible now on HBO in OAR.
post #1156 of 1278
Titanic in OAR commercial free on USA HD.
post #1157 of 1278
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is OAR on TCM right now (wish I had set a timer)
post #1158 of 1278
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Originally Posted by dfergie View Post

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is OAR on TCM right now (wish I had set a timer)

It's rare when something isn't OAR on TCM.
post #1159 of 1278
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Originally Posted by DanG1974 View Post

It's rare when something isn't OAR on TCM.


Yep. What a shame they don't show films in HD.
post #1160 of 1278
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It's rare when something isn't OAR on TCM.
This post showed otherwise... http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=1067
post #1161 of 1278
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Originally Posted by dfergie View Post

This post showed otherwise... http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=1067

That's AMC, not TCM.
post #1162 of 1278
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Originally Posted by DanG1974 View Post

That's AMC, not TCM.

doh... I rarely watch either...
post #1163 of 1278
Mission: Impossible airing in OAR on HBO Signature.

Airs on HBO HD 12/28 at 6am.
post #1164 of 1278
The Untouchables in 2:35.1 on IONtv @ 720p; at least I think it's OAR..
post #1165 of 1278
IRON MAN on FX. What makes this so surprising is that on the EPIX channel (partially owned by Paramount which released IRON MAN) the film is only shown cropped...and that's a PAY channel! Kudos to FX for doing it right (except for commercials, of course).
post #1166 of 1278
Epix has been getting better with OAR! I would gave them a B- or C+ on OAR.
post #1167 of 1278
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

Epix has been getting better with OAR! I would gave them a B- or C+ on OAR.

Pretty much the only movies that aren't OAR are the four or five biggies that they launched with(Iron Man, Indy, B Button). Virtually all the other new ones and catalog titles are. I thought the same thing though when I saw Indy 4 on USA and Iron Man on FX in OAR.
post #1168 of 1278
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Originally Posted by StonesCat View Post

Pretty much the only movies that aren't OAR are the four or five biggies that they launched with(Iron Man, Indy, B Button). Virtually all the other new ones and catalog titles are. I thought the same thing though when I saw Indy 4 on USA and Iron Man on FX in OAR.

The only movies EPIX shows OAR are catalog titles (that were formerly part of the MGM-HD library) and Lionsgate titles.
post #1169 of 1278
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

The only movies EPIX shows OAR are catalog titles (that were formerly part of the MGM-HD library) and Lionsgate titles.

Yep. They made an exception for STAR TREK but that was it. It's shameful that a channel that charges people 10 bucks a month crops movies but free channels display them properly.
post #1170 of 1278
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The only movies EPIX shows OAR are catalog titles (that were formerly part of the MGM-HD library) and Lionsgate titles.
Your "only" is well over half of their lineup. I can't even remember the last time there was a Paramount new release, esp one in widescreen aspect, anyway. Most new releases are Lionsgate. Alot of the Paramount catalog is OAR. I can live with a few bad apples when their library is probably second only to HBO/Max, and it got thrown into Dish's platinum package for no higher rate.
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