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post #181 of 14741
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Originally Posted by SRIBB43 View Post

They already broadcast in HD

Um, not for me... I don't seem to have an HD alternative channel or corresponding channel for CW. Am I the only one here??
post #182 of 14741
Big Ten Network HD showing a re-run (ESPN) of M/ND game and it looks very nice, indeed.
post #183 of 14741
Im getting some pretty bad lip syncing issues on TBSHD and Smithsonian. Anybody else with these issues?
post #184 of 14741
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mchaney View Post

And those running relatively new plasmas don't want to take the risk of burn in, particularly during the first few hundred hours.

Burn-in is non-issue on newer plasmas. But even if it is a concern, you're free to stretch or zoom if you are so inclined.

The rest of us can't get rid of distortion sent at the source.
post #185 of 14741
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Originally Posted by Karnis View Post

I'm getting all the channels I should relative to my programming package but CNN, NFL newtwork breaks up & Animal Planet HD searches for signals.
I checked my signal for 103' B & its pretty weak....time for an alignment tweak?

If your channel is breaking up, perhaps the signal is somewhat weak. Are you getting 90 plus signal strengths on 103b?
post #186 of 14741
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Burn-in is non-issue on newer plasmas. But even if it is a concern, you're free to stretch or zoom if you are so inclined.

The rest of us can't get rid of distortion sent at the source.

I have a commercial Panny plasma and watch many channels with black bars and have never had any problem and this was from day one.
post #187 of 14741
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Originally Posted by terminatorbob View Post

Im getting some pretty bad lip syncing issues on TBSHD and Smithsonian. Anybody else with these issues?

This happens from time to time..just one of those things.
post #188 of 14741
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Originally Posted by teevman View Post


Well that is the big question. Probably a few years away.

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Originally Posted by teevman View Post

and how many years away is 1080p or will we never see it (in my lifetime anyways)

As I recall 720p and 1080i are the only HD standards that have been approved by the US government. I believe that 1080p would require an act of congress. That's not likely since they can't seem follow through with the commitment to cutover to all digital and do away with analog.

That's enough OT discussion for me. So far all the new channels are coming in with no problems. The HR20s tune the HD channel first and H20 tunes the SD channel first. No big deal since I don't use the H20 much and all I have to do is hit the channel up button to work around the problem.
post #189 of 14741
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Originally Posted by beatles6 View Post

I also have the premier. All Starz HD channels have 721 message. Spoke to a D* CSR who said they have to send the report to a supervior who will add the "Starz HD pacakge" to the account. Should be on sometime today. We'll see.

Update: I actually got a call back from a D* supervisor who echoed what has been posted here about removing the HD Access package and adding it back in through their new system. Took her a couple of minutes and I now have all of the Starz HD channels. I am also now getting the 9300 test channel which before had the 721 message.
post #190 of 14741
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Originally Posted by spongebob View Post

Early impressions:

Not impressed.


bob

Agreed.
post #191 of 14741
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Originally Posted by TallGuyMe View Post

Um, not for me... I don't seem to have an HD alternative channel or corresponding channel for CW. Am I the only one here??

The CW is a national network like NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC. You would get The CW as part of your local channels package, given that your market has The CW and it's broadcast in HD. Some markets already get their local CW station in HD from DirecTV.

There's always a chance DirecTV could pickup WGN-HD at some point, but I tend to doubt it.
post #192 of 14741
Wrong.

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Originally Posted by mp11 View Post




As I recall 720p and 1080i are the only HD standards that have been approved by the US government. I believe that 1080p would require an act of congress. That's not likely since they can't seem follow through with the commitment to cutover to all digital and do away with analog.

That's enough OT discussion for me. So far all the new channels are coming in with no problems. The HR20s tune the HD channel first and H20 tunes the SD channel first. No big deal since I don't use the H20 much and all I have to do is hit the channel up button to work around the problem.
post #193 of 14741
Still no channels at my commerical building. Funny how the CSR told me that those channels had not launched yet. I told her there are people currently watching them and she repeated that they aren't supposed to launch until Mid-october.

Wow.
post #194 of 14741
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Originally Posted by mp11 View Post

As I recall 720p and 1080i are the only HD standards that have been approved by the US government.

1080p/24 is already one of the ATSC resolutions and legal for broadcast.
post #195 of 14741
nope that didn't do it. Same issue. Any other thoughts? Would it be an alignment issue if I get all of the other HD channels (including the new ones except for those mentioned?)
post #196 of 14741
Thread Starter 
Let's avoid the 1080p discussion. Has nothing to do with this topic.
post #197 of 14741
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

The CW is a national network like NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC. You would get The CW as part of your local channels package, given that your market has The CW and it's broadcast in HD. Some markets already get their local CW station in HD from DirecTV.

There's always a chance DirecTV could pickup WGN-HD at some point, but I tend to doubt it.

I should have clarified earlier that I get CW-HD but its via OTA, D* doenst yet offer it with the big 4 in dallas
post #198 of 14741
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

...The rest of us can't get rid of [stretch/zoom] distortion sent at the source.

Very true. Unfortunately, as more and more joe sixpacks buy HDTVs, the viewing audience becomes dumbed down. And the networks will hear more and more people screaming "i don't want no stinkin' black bars on my new widescreen."

So you'll probably see more stretchorama as new channels are added
post #199 of 14741
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Originally Posted by LanceTX View Post

A person on DBSTalk was having the same issue. He said he pulled the power plug for 30 seconds, then powered back up and the H20 was now working. I need to try the same thing when I get home, because I was having the same issue with mine this morning before I left for work. Let us know if that fixes your H20 problem.

nope that didn't do it. Same issue. Any other thoughts? Would it be an alignment issue if I get all of the other HD channels (including the new ones except for those mentioned?)
post #200 of 14741
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Originally Posted by Mozvz View Post

Is there a list (idealistic??) of multi switches that are NOT compatible with the new sat??

Pretty much all of them. Only the Zinwell WB68 and the 16 port version of the Zinwell are certified to work with the new sat. The installer should have replaced any multiswitches for one of the new ones when they upgraded the dish. If not then call DirecTV and get it replaced for free.
post #201 of 14741
MAke sure you have set it up for 5 LNB and have the B-band connected..
post #202 of 14741
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Originally Posted by arxaw View Post

Very true. Unfortunately, as more and more joe sixpacks buy HDTVs, the viewing audience becomes dumbed down. And the networks will hear more and more people screaming "i don't want no stinkin' black bars on my new widescreen."

So you'll probably see more stretchorama as new channels are added

..and, I believe, if we complain enough, these channels will provide us with more and more true 16 x 9 format HD programming. It may take several years. In the meantime, I hardly ever watch these distorted HD channels anyway..so no big deal for me. If some of the viewing public prefers distortion, be my guest..and enjoy.
post #203 of 14741
The TV programmers should NEVER stretch the content. We the viewers can't UN_STRETCH it.
You folks who want to fill your screens with stretched video can do so on your end with your TV format button and/or the format button on you D* receivers.
Don't make the rest of the whole country watch what you feel is correct...because it is NOT correct.
Please send 4x3 material as 4x3
Stretchers can then stretch to their hearts desire
post #204 of 14741
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Originally Posted by SRIBB43 View Post

I should have clarified earlier that I get CW-HD but its via OTA, D* doenst yet offer it with the big 4 in dallas

DirecTV doesn't offer it in the SF market yet either, although Comcast just added it so hopefully it won't be long before D* does here as well.
post #205 of 14741
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Originally Posted by isyp View Post

As I recall 720p and 1080i are the only HD standards that have been approved by the US government.

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1080p @ 24 or 30 fps is part of the ATSC standards and always has been. 1080p @ 60 fps is not.

Having said that, it will be a long time before we see it from sources other than HD DVD or Blu-ray.
post #206 of 14741
This is a naive question but do I have to be subscribed to the HD package to get the new HD channels. I have the 5 LNB dish the b-band converter but get a message that I have not paid? These new channels come in fine in SD ie A&E, Tbs, etc.
post #207 of 14741
Wow, finally real HD quality! It's been a long time... since the early days of PBS' HD loop.

BTW... right NOW... TMC HD showing "Into the Blue". Jessica Alba. Bikini. Underwater. Very nice.
post #208 of 14741
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Originally Posted by obxdiver View Post

The TV programmers should NEVER stretch the content. We the viewers can't UN_STRETCH it.
You folks who want to fill your screens with stretched video can do so on your end with your TV format button and/or the format button on you D* receivers.
Don't make the rest of the whole country watch what you feel is correct...because it is NOT correct.
Please send 4x3 material as 4x3
Stretchers can then stretch to their hearts desire

There's two problems here.

#1.) The "stretchers" vastly outnumber the "non-stretchers", I would wager.

#2.) More importantly, the companies that sell these televisions and these high-definition services do an atrocious job at explaining these things to the average consumer. Most people with the black bars that hate them probably don't even realize they HAVE a stretch feature, or that their DirecTV box can be set to auto-stretch SD content, or so on. The consumers aren't at all educated on the subject.
post #209 of 14741
A pretty good looking program was on Animal PlanetHD. It all boils down to how good the HD content is. Directv is bringing us good looking HD if the programmer is sending it. Directv is certainly doing its' part..the rest is up to the programmers.
post #210 of 14741
Stretch vs OAR is here for anyone interested
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=903448

It became ugly quickly. I hope we can keep it from getting to that point.
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