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  1. SteveK

    "The Long Haul" (Chronology of Country Music)

    For you country music fans, XM will begin running a special in mid-June you might be interested in. It's called "The Long Haul", and it plays several decades worth of country music hits. They originally ran "The Long Haul" several years ago, but are airing it again in a slightly modified format...
  2. SteveK

    Billie Holi-Day on Real Jazz 7 April 2005

    For you Billie Holiday fans, XM's Real Jazz (Channel 70) will be airing its second annual tribute to Billie Holiay in honor of her 90th birthday on Thursday, April 7 from 8 AM EST to 8 PM EST. I'm sure there will be lots of Billie Holiday songs, as well as interview segments with her and other...
  3. SteveK

    For Stephen Sondheim Fans

    On XM 28 (On Broadway) and XM 200 (XM Live) from 11AM to 11PM EST on Saturday March 19, they are presenting a live broadcast of the "Symphony Stage" Tribute to Stephen Sondheim from New York. I've been listening for the last 2 hours plus, and so far it's been quite enjoyable. It's primarily...
  4. SteveK

    Any experiences with BookZap?

    A few days ago, I clicked on one of the ads I saw here on HTF. It was from a company called BookZap. They offer a variety of old time radio programs (OTR) on DVD mp3, as well as pdf files of many classic works on DVD. Their prices appear quite reasonable, particularly for most of their...
  5. SteveK

    Your Music.com - CD's at $5.99 per disc

    Recently I was perusing the IMDB site when one of the banner ads caught my interest. It was for a site called yourmusic.com and they sell all their CDs for $5.99 per disc. The only thing I don't care for is that you have to form a queue for their automatic shipment each month, and they will bill...
  6. SteveK

    The Complete Elton John

    For all of you Elton John fans out there, XM radio will be airing a special beginning 12 Noon (Eastern) on Sunday December 26 on XM Channel 7 (The Seventies). It's called "The Complete Elton John", and will feature Elton John narrating a walk through every album he's ever recorded (40+). This is...
  7. SteveK

    PBS Series- Broadway: The American Musical

    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (19-21 Oct), PBS is airing a series entitled "Broadway: The American Musical". It airs from 9PM-11PM Eastern time; check your local PBS listings for local time. This sounds like an entertaining 6-hour series, as I've always enjoyed Broadway musicals. Apparently...
  8. SteveK

    Movies on Turner Classic Movies

    I was curious about the movies that Turner Classic Movies shows on its network. Specifically, I was wondering if TCM can take advantage of the restored prints that are featured on some DVDs (North By Northwest, Meet Me In St. Louis, etc). Some of the films I've seen on TCM look very good, while...
  9. SteveK

    "Migrating" DVD Profiler

    I've ordered a new computer for home, and should be taking delivery within the next week or so. How can I "migrate" my DVD Profiler to my new computer? I still have the download file to install the software and can easily copy that to the new computer. Is it safe to assume that if I copy the...
  10. SteveK

    A Few Semi-Technical Questions

    I recently purchased a Toshiba RD-XS32 HDD and DVD-R/RW recorder, and so far I am very pleased with its performance. However, I am curious about several things of a semi-technical nature. First, the recorder can write on DVD-RAM, DVD-R or DVD-RW, but cannot record on DVD+R or DVD+RW. Exactly...
  11. SteveK

    TV "Bugs"

    This post isn't exactly about "bugs", but I didn't know what else to call it. This evening as I was playing channel surf, I briefly tuned in USA Networks, as it is one of the first actual channels on the DishNetwork channel lineup. They were showing "Six Days Seven Nights" (in P&S, of course)...
  12. SteveK

    Labels or Felt Marker for DVD-R/RW

    I was wondering if paper labels can be safely applied to DVD-R or DVD-RW. I'm referring to the round labels that would cover the entire disk, not a rectangular label that would only cover a portion of it and might affect balancing of the disk. I've read that it is not a good idea to apply...
  13. SteveK

    A Question about 16:9 recording

    My Toshiba PVR/DVDR offers a choice of recording in 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios, but I'm assuming that I would have no use for the 16:9 as I do not receive any HDTV signals. I do record widescreen movies from Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel and IFC, but I'm assuming that these are...
  14. SteveK

    Audio Bit Rates

    Today, I setup my recently purchased Toshiba PVR/DVD recorder (RD-XS32). It offers a wide combination of video bit rates and three audio bit rates (all 2-channel). The audio bit rates are for Dolby Digital at 192 and 384 Kbps and PCM for uncompressed recording. I'm planning on using it to record...
  15. SteveK

    Questions about DVD Recorders

    I have just started thinking about buying a DVD recorder, and I have several questions, as follows: 1. Most DVD recorders I have seen use the MPEG-2 standard. However, Buy.com carries the Malata DIVA-2, which uses the WMV (Windows Media) standard. How would the two standards compare? It...
  16. SteveK

    AFI 100 Years...100 Songs

    Tuesday night (June 22), CBS will present a 3-hour special listing the American Film Institute (AFI) selections for the 100 best songs in movies. I presume they'll be playing selected film clips, etc. I believe it starts at 8PM Eastern; check local listings. I've always enjoyed music from the...
  17. SteveK

    The AFI Top 100

    On Tuesday evening (June 22), CBS will present a 3-hour special called "100 Years, 100 Songs" listing all (and presumably playing some) of the songs voted to be the best 100 songs in motion picture history by the American Film Institute (AFI). Then, on Wednesday 23 June, Cinemagic (Channel 27 on...
  18. SteveK

    Get Your Surfboards Ready: The Beach Boys

    No details have been announced, but on Sunday June 20, The 60's channel (XM 6) will supposedly be playing every song The Beach Boys recorded during the 1960's. I don't know if they'll be in any special order (chronological or alphabetical), but I guess that doesn't really matter. This special...
  19. SteveK

    Is DVD-Audio more likely to "skip"?

    I recently purchased an inexpensive Panasonic DVD-F65 that plays DVD-Audio as well as DVD-Video and mp3/wma discs. Then I purchased my first DVD-A disc a short time later. Since the F65 only plays DVD-A in 2-channel format, that's the track I listened to. I was very disappointed when it skipped...
  20. SteveK

    Motown Marathon

    If you enjoy Motown music, be sure to tune in XM over Memorial Day weekend, as they are presenting a 30-hour Motown marathon! It all starts at 6 PM (Eastern) on Sunday afternoon on Soul Street (Ch60), and continues through midnight eastern on Monday night. The first 18 hours (6PM Sun - Noon...
  21. SteveK

    Will older DVD players play DVD-A?

    I have a Panasonic A-120 DVD player which I purchased in 1999. It still plays DVDs flawlessly, so I'm not in any particular hurry to replace it, even though today's players are substantially less expensive and more versatile than my vintage player. But I've been reading the hype lately about...
  22. SteveK

    My widescreen request to HBO

    I just submitted an e-mail request to HBO reqeusting widescreen. My message was as follows: "Although I have heard many highly favorable comments about the original programming and movies offered by HBO, I currently have no intention to subscribe to HBO or any other premium channel. Why...
  23. SteveK

    Pseudo-Widescreen

    I rarely watch television (preferring to watch DVD), but the other day I was watching a bit of "Stargate" on Sci-Fi. The program is broadcast in widescreen (about 1.85:1), but as I was watching it, I felt that it did not really take advantage of the widescreen format. The camera still made rapid...
  24. SteveK

    Netflix changes "Lite" membership; More Restrictive

    I've subscribed to Netflix since March of 2002. Initially I was on the 3 at a time plan, but then changed to the "lite" or 2 at a time plan. This has worked pretty well, as it's normally only a 4-day turnaround cycle. Yes, there was an occasional day or two when I had no Netflix movies, but it...
  25. SteveK

    It's Not Just At Movies: Cell Phones, etc

    I've read many threads here complaining about cell phones and other problems at movie theaters. Unfortunately, it's also true for other forms of entertainment as well. I went to a local production of "The Nutcracker" the other evening, and while there weren't any problems with cell phones (some...
  26. SteveK

    Biography Special: Steven Spielberg

    Did anybody catch the Biography Channel special the other evening on Steven Spielberg? Unlike many of the programs on Biography, it was a two-hour program rather than just one hour. It featured short clips from many of his movies and brief comments from George Lucas, Richard Dreyfus (sp?) and...
  27. SteveK

    One BILLIONTH DVD to ship this month

    Watching CNN this evening, I happened to catch an item on the "ticker tape" at the bottom of the screen saying that the one BILLIONTH DVD will ship this month, with DVD barely 5 years old. That's one billion DVDs in barely 60 months. That's more than 16,000,000 DVDs per month, (edit) or nearly...
  28. SteveK

    Jean de Florette / Manon of the Spring

    I just finished watching "Manon of the Spring". Despite the lack of similarity in title, "Manon of the Spring" is actually Part 2 of "Jean de Florette". Both movies are beautifully filmed and tell a very good story. Definitely watch Jean de Florette before watching Manon, as the story is set up...
  29. SteveK

    Questions about DVD Profiler

    I have a couple quick questions about DVD Profiler which a search didn't answer. I just purchased a new computer which runs on Microsoft XP Professional. XP is not listed on the DVD Profiler website, so should I assume that it is not (yet) supported by DVD Profiler? If I am able to use...
  30. SteveK

    ISF Calibration Really Does Work!

    Several months ago, I scheduled an ISF calibration with Greg Loewen for June 13. Both before and after scheduling my appointment, I eagerly read every post dealing with calibration and how happy people were after they had it done. The only problem was that most or all of the posts were from...
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