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Anonymous
April 27, 2004 4:26:04 AM

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So, I got my first HDTV (Samsung 59" DLP) a few weeks ago and I upgraded my
DirecTV dish and receiver to get as much content as possible (I am in the
Atlanta area, so I get all the locals over air). I must say that I am
somewhat disappointed with some of the content. CBS-Sports seems to be the
best (GT's run in the Final 4 looked AMAZING as did the Masters), but I
watched the Brave's game last night on ESPN-HD and it was pathetic. Also,
the Sopranos on HBO-HD does not look as good as I would like.

Is there any place to review/preview the various content providers to
understand why there is so much variation on signal quality? I have looked
at a few FAQs, but I have not seen anything that deals with actual content.

Thanks in advance.

Daniel

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April 27, 2004 4:26:05 AM

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First, learn the differences in how live HD, videotape HD and Film HD look.
Then you won't expect the Sopranos to look like the Masters. Also,
understand how satellite compresses signals and its effect on quality.

PS The braves look pathetic in ANY medium...even in person. <G>


"Daniel Bassett" <dbassett25@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> So, I got my first HDTV (Samsung 59" DLP) a few weeks ago and I upgraded
my
> DirecTV dish and receiver to get as much content as possible (I am in the
> Atlanta area, so I get all the locals over air). I must say that I am
> somewhat disappointed with some of the content. CBS-Sports seems to be
the
> best (GT's run in the Final 4 looked AMAZING as did the Masters), but I
> watched the Brave's game last night on ESPN-HD and it was pathetic. Also,
> the Sopranos on HBO-HD does not look as good as I would like.
>
> Is there any place to review/preview the various content providers to
> understand why there is so much variation on signal quality? I have
looked
> at a few FAQs, but I have not seen anything that deals with actual
content.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Daniel
>
>
Anonymous
April 28, 2004 3:09:14 AM

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- I get the satellite compression aspect, but HDNet and DiscoverHD look
fantastic, so I don't think it is a satellite issue
- From what I understand about film, it is best represented at 4000 scan
lines, far more than HDTV, so I don't think that is an issue.
- Tape would obviously be inferior, but I don't imagine Sopranos or the
Braves game is taped.

To ask the question again, are there any sites that talk about how different
channels send their signals and general signal quality?

Thanks.

Daniel



"Curmudgeon" <gary@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:k3ijc.42500$Uz1.23269@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
> First, learn the differences in how live HD, videotape HD and Film HD
look.
> Then you won't expect the Sopranos to look like the Masters. Also,
> understand how satellite compresses signals and its effect on quality.
>
> PS The braves look pathetic in ANY medium...even in person. <G>
>
>
> "Daniel Bassett" <dbassett25@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> news:wMhjc.3811$g31.823@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> > So, I got my first HDTV (Samsung 59" DLP) a few weeks ago and I upgraded
> my
> > DirecTV dish and receiver to get as much content as possible (I am in
the
> > Atlanta area, so I get all the locals over air). I must say that I am
> > somewhat disappointed with some of the content. CBS-Sports seems to be
> the
> > best (GT's run in the Final 4 looked AMAZING as did the Masters), but I
> > watched the Brave's game last night on ESPN-HD and it was pathetic.
Also,
> > the Sopranos on HBO-HD does not look as good as I would like.
> >
> > Is there any place to review/preview the various content providers to
> > understand why there is so much variation on signal quality? I have
> looked
> > at a few FAQs, but I have not seen anything that deals with actual
> content.
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Daniel
> >
> >
>
>
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April 29, 2004 11:48:35 AM

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"Daniel Bassett" <dbassett25@mindspring.com> wrote in message
news:uKBjc.5046$g31.4149@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> - I get the satellite compression aspect, but HDNet and DiscoverHD look
> fantastic, so I don't think it is a satellite issue
> - From what I understand about film, it is best represented at 4000 scan
> lines, far more than HDTV, so I don't think that is an issue.
> - Tape would obviously be inferior, but I don't imagine Sopranos or the
> Braves game is taped.
>
> To ask the question again, are there any sites that talk about how
different
> channels send their signals and general signal quality?
> Thanks.
> Daniel

Try AVSforum.com (local HDTV info)
Anonymous
May 1, 2004 6:14:04 PM

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Even though the theoretical resolution of film is higher than an HD CCD
chip, in reality this resolution is never attained due to focus and quality
of the lens and the "speed" of the film.
The Sopranos is shot in 35mm and has to be telecined to digital. Telecine
are like cars ; some are cheaper than others, and telecine operators are
also better than others. This is why film based material "usually" is of
lower quality than material directly shot with an HD camera, where less
factors will contribute to signal degradation.

As far as signal compression goes, I don't know. But if a C-band antenna is
a possible option for you, you could get a 4DTV receiver which would allow
you to receive the primary feed from almost all suppliers. Then you would
not have to suffer from secondary and tertiary signal compression from DBS
and cable operators.

"Daniel Bassett" <dbassett25@mindspring.com> wrote in message
news:uKBjc.5046$g31.4149@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> - I get the satellite compression aspect, but HDNet and DiscoverHD look
> fantastic, so I don't think it is a satellite issue
> - From what I understand about film, it is best represented at 4000 scan
> lines, far more than HDTV, so I don't think that is an issue.
> - Tape would obviously be inferior, but I don't imagine Sopranos or the
> Braves game is taped.
>
> To ask the question again, are there any sites that talk about how
different
> channels send their signals and general signal quality?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Daniel
>
>
>
> "Curmudgeon" <gary@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:k3ijc.42500$Uz1.23269@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
> > First, learn the differences in how live HD, videotape HD and Film HD
> look.
> > Then you won't expect the Sopranos to look like the Masters. Also,
> > understand how satellite compresses signals and its effect on quality.
> >
> > PS The braves look pathetic in ANY medium...even in person. <G>
> >
> >
> > "Daniel Bassett" <dbassett25@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> > news:wMhjc.3811$g31.823@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> > > So, I got my first HDTV (Samsung 59" DLP) a few weeks ago and I
upgraded
> > my
> > > DirecTV dish and receiver to get as much content as possible (I am in
> the
> > > Atlanta area, so I get all the locals over air). I must say that I am
> > > somewhat disappointed with some of the content. CBS-Sports seems to
be
> > the
> > > best (GT's run in the Final 4 looked AMAZING as did the Masters), but
I
> > > watched the Brave's game last night on ESPN-HD and it was pathetic.
> Also,
> > > the Sopranos on HBO-HD does not look as good as I would like.
> > >
> > > Is there any place to review/preview the various content providers to
> > > understand why there is so much variation on signal quality? I have
> > looked
> > > at a few FAQs, but I have not seen anything that deals with actual
> > content.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance.
> > >
> > > Daniel
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
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