1. Sign-up to become a member, and most of the ads you see will disappear. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, so join the discussion today!
    Dismiss Notice

Digital Movie/TV Deals

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by Sam Posten, Feb 23, 2019.

Tags:
  1. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 1998
    Messages:
    14,821
    Likes Received:
    2,765
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Michigan
    No, it couldn't have been an Internet speed issue. We were able to watch the entire film Live Free or Die Hard on the ATV4K in 4K + HDR10 without any hiccups, plus I was able to sample Batman Begins in 4K + Dolby Vision with nary a problem. The film title page showed it as HD even before I played it.

    Here's a screen shot with my cellphone from last night when I had the issue:
    [​IMG]


    And here is a screen shot this morning after the issue resolved itself:
    [​IMG]
     
    Cranston37 likes this.
  2. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    15,917
    Likes Received:
    7,878
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
    @Cranston37 i stand corrected.

    I compared the vudu HDX stream to the iTunes 4K stream and there’s definitely some color differences. I just took these two shots very unscientifically with my iPhone off my OLED.

    The top is iTunes.

    F698253A-E2A5-43CF-B4A1-B5577287553B. A3C7EAE4-E509-4F87-A744-1085F983789F.
     
    Jeff Adkins likes this.
  3. Cranston37

    Cranston37 Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,674
    Likes Received:
    1,056
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Real Name:
    .
    Kinda gross, isn't it? Cold...
     
  4. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    15,917
    Likes Received:
    7,878
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
    I don’t know what I think to be honest. Didn’t notice it while I was watching so....??
     
  5. Josh Steinberg

    Josh Steinberg Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Messages:
    16,084
    Likes Received:
    18,812
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Josh Steinberg
    Looks like Vudu still provides the old master for anything less than a UHD purchase.

    I did not love the old master. To me, it appeared flat and lifeless, and looked more like video than film to my eyes. The new master looks more filmlike to me with superior detail. (This is all from comparing the old Blu-rays to the new Blu-rays; I haven’t seen the UHD version yet.)

    All I can tell you is that for the first time since the advent of discs I was finally happy watching Batman on disc.
     
    Tino likes this.
  6. Mark-P

    Mark-P Producer

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2005
    Messages:
    4,641
    Likes Received:
    2,655
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Location:
    Camas, WA
    Real Name:
    Mark Probst
    That’s the standard operating procedure I’ve noticed from Vudu. While iTunes has one file from which they scale to all resolutions, Vudu maintains separate files for each resolution and they rarely bother to replace HDX or SD files when they add UHD.
     
    Josh Steinberg likes this.
  7. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    8,104
    Likes Received:
    4,829
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
    Real Name:
    Doug
    Cranston37 and Bob Cashill like this.
  8. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    15,917
    Likes Received:
    7,878
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
  9. Cranston37

    Cranston37 Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,674
    Likes Received:
    1,056
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Real Name:
    .
    Oh fun as hell. I initially thought it was $4.99 for each of the 15ep serial series, but it's that price for all 30!

    I also don't see that they are available to stream from anybody else.

    Purchased.
     
    Josh Steinberg and dpippel like this.
  10. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    8,104
    Likes Received:
    4,829
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
    Real Name:
    Doug
    I'll let you know once I watch them, something I've always wanted to do. ;) For five bucks I took the plunge, sight unseen.
     
  11. Matt Hough

    Matt Hough Director
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2006
    Messages:
    20,677
    Likes Received:
    10,170
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    Real Name:
    Matt Hough
    I have them both on DVD and they are of their time but still entertaining and fascinating to see the mix of actors chosen for the roles in this incarnation.
     
    Josh Steinberg likes this.
  12. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    15,917
    Likes Received:
    7,878
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
    I bit. ;)
     
  13. Josh Steinberg

    Josh Steinberg Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Messages:
    16,084
    Likes Received:
    18,812
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Josh Steinberg
    I picked up the DVD set forever ago, but only just started watching it maybe a month ago. The 15 minute length makes it perfect for before bed.
     
  14. DavidJ

    DavidJ Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2001
    Messages:
    3,922
    Likes Received:
    667
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Real Name:
    David
    I’ve never seen them either but for $5 I’m in. Should be fun to watch them with the kids.
     
  15. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    8,104
    Likes Received:
    4,829
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
    Real Name:
    Doug
    I watched the first episode yesterday, and it looks pretty bad. I realize the limitations of the source material, but there's lots of ghosting. Lots. Other than that I enjoyed seeing the period take on this material, and seeing Noel Neill here as Lois Lane when I only knew her in the role from the George Reeves series that I grew up on.
     
  16. Matt Hough

    Matt Hough Director
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2006
    Messages:
    20,677
    Likes Received:
    10,170
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Charlotte, NC
    Real Name:
    Matt Hough
    As for Pierre Watkin who plays Perry White, he guest starred in many episodes of the television series but not as Perry, of course, since John Hamilton was playing him (brilliantly). However, if George Reeves hadn't died, The Adventures of Superman was going to film a seventh season, and Pierre Watkin was once again going to be playing Perry White since John Hamilton had passed away after season six.
     
    dpippel likes this.
  17. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    42,873
    Likes Received:
    18,725
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    You guys do realize those serials are in SD not HD?
     
    dpippel likes this.
  18. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    8,104
    Likes Received:
    4,829
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
    Real Name:
    Doug
    Yep. I doubt the artifacting I'm seeing has anything to do with the resolution.
     
  19. Message #699 of 962 Jul 27, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2019
    Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    42,873
    Likes Received:
    18,725
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert
    I'm just saying these serials aren't in the best shape to be viewed SD streaming on OLED displays.
     
    Sam Posten and dpippel like this.
  20. Josh Steinberg

    Josh Steinberg Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Messages:
    16,084
    Likes Received:
    18,812
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Josh Steinberg
    This is purely anecdotal but in my experience, streaming has a particularly difficult time with ancient SD masters. It’s fine when you’re streaming a new SD master made from a higher quality source, but streaming doesn’t seem to like old telecines. When I’ve rented old SD transfers on iTunes, they’ve always played worse than DVD versions of the same transfer.

    I have the DVD and haven’t experienced any artifacts with it.
     

Share This Page