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Broadcast HD movies

post #1 of 10
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Was curious if the movies that are broadcast in HD just upconverted dvds, or if they have been remastered?
post #2 of 10
Depends. Most are in HD. Some networks like TNT-HD broadcast their SD movies stretched to fill an HD screen and will have a silly "hall of mirrors" look. It's rare that you'll see a movie that was a widescreen SD master and upconverted to HD although this was more common years ago.

You can't broadcast DVDs for various technical reasons.
post #3 of 10
Most movis are made with film, which has far greater resolution than HD. Most are telecined to HD.
post #4 of 10
Anything in widescreen OTA will be HD.
As for cable/DBS, many HD channels upconvert SD, which will appear as 4:3 aspect ratio in the 16:9 image area.
Others upconvert & stretch, like as noted, TNT.

They do not use upconverted DVD, period.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

Anything in widescreen OTA will be HD.

There are still some exceptions. PBS regularly shows upconverted widescreen features on their HD channel. Fox will throw a widescreen football game at you if you're unlucky. Um, those are the only ones I can think of off hand.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by scowl View Post

There are still some exceptions. PBS regularly shows upconverted widescreen features on their HD channel. Fox will throw a widescreen football game at you if you're unlucky. Um, those are the only ones I can think of off hand.

You are 100% correct, but I thought we were referring to movies?
post #7 of 10
Usually the HD movies are transferred on one of these or it's 4K sibling:

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by TVOD View Post

Usually the HD movies are transferred on one of these or it's 4K sibling:

Go 4K, or go home....
post #9 of 10
8K it is

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

You are 100% correct, but I thought we were referring to movies?

I'm sure I've seen British made-for-TV movies in SD widescreen on PBS, mostly costume dramas and documentaries.
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