HDTV shows ?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Bruce_S, Mar 24, 2002.

  1. Bruce_S

    Bruce_S Second Unit

    Sep 11, 2001
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    I have two questions for those who are viewing shows on their HDTV.

    1) Are the HDTV shows being broadcast in Dobly Digital 5.1?

    2) What is your favorite show to showcase to your family and friends?

    Just curious,

  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Dec 4, 1999
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    I can answer half of your question, but all the HD broadcast shows I've seen are upconverts, not true HDTV (I don't like any of the shows that ARE broadcast in HD)

    They are not all in 5.1, I know that much
  3. VicRuiz

    VicRuiz Second Unit

    May 21, 2000
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    You don't specify what shows you're talking about, but I can tell you that all the network shows that are broadcast in HD are true 1080i HDTV, not upconverts. If you're referring to shows that are originally shot on film (which is the vast majority of episodic TV and movies) the proper term is "film transfer", not "upconvert". Film is a high definition medium too. In fact, 35mm film negative has the potential to achieve resolution in the 2000-3000 line range, as opposed to 1080 maximum lines for HD video.

    There are two types of HDTV: film-based and video-based. Movies and episodic TV are shot on film and then transferred to HD video tape for broadcast. Live events like sports and concerts are taped directly from HD video cameras. Some documentaries (like PBS) are also done that way. Video and film have different looks and are used for different purposes. However, they are BOTH true HDTV. HD video does not lend itself well to the creative photography and lighting that is essential for dramatic storytelling like movies and drama shows. However, it does shine for programming that's supposed to make you feel like "you are there", like sports, concerts, and nature shows. They are two different high-definition mediums and neither one is "better" or "truer" than the other. They just look different and are used for different purposes.

    Now, to answer Bruce's questions:

    1) Currently only ABC, PBS, HBO, and Showtime broadcast with 5.1 DD sound. CBS expects to have full 5.1 capability by 2003.

    2) For the best in film-based HDTV try "The Sopranos", "The District", "CSI", "Judging Amy", and "Family Law". For video-based HDTV try anything on HDNet, or "Smart Travels" on PBS. Unfortunately I haven't been able to sample this year's ABC HDTV offerings since we lost our DTV stations on 9/11, but the people that have say that "NYPD Blue" looks very good.
  4. Scott Merryfield

    Scott Merryfield Executive Producer

    Dec 16, 1998
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    Keep in mind that just because a show is broadcast from the network in DD5.1 does not mean that you will be able to receive it that way. Some local stations do not have the capability to transmit in 5.1. For example, here in Detroit the local NBC affiliate does not transmit in DD5.1, so we only received DD2.0 of the Winter Olympics even though NBC broadcast in DD5.1.
  5. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Dec 4, 1999
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    They use their 480P master and upconvert it to 1080i. That's what I'm talking about.

    I've seen Stargate SG-1 and Queer as Folk on HD. Both are 480P upconverts. I believe SG-1 has started doing 5.1 this season, but I saw it last year.
  6. Robert Cranwell

    Robert Cranwell Stunt Coordinator

    Jan 1, 2002
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    > The following is a list of titles to be shown in high definition on


    > HDTV in March (Each title includes Dolby Digital 5.1 except for

    > "Crisscross" which will be broadcast in stereo):


    > Theatricals

    > Black Rain

    > Crisscross*

    > Lucky Numbers

    > Passion of Mind

    > Sleepy Hollow

    > Stigmata

    > Superstar

    > The Talented Mr. Ripley

    > You Can Count On Me


    > Original Pictures

    > The Red Sneakers

    > Strange Relations


    > The following is a list of titles to be shown upconverted in original

    > wide-screen aspect ratio on SHO HDTV in March (*Denotes titles that

    > include Dolby Digital 5.1 audio):


    > Theatricals

    > American Pimp

    > A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

    > Bagdad Café

    > Company Business

    > Deterrence

    > Billy Elliott*

    > Dead Presidents*

    > Fast Food

    > Felicia's Journey*

    > Foreign Body

    > Get Over It*

    > Home For the Holidays

    > Judge Dredd*

    > Mad About Mambo*

    > Mr. Mom

    > Pee Wee's Big Adventure

    > Pitch Black*

    > Reindeer Games*

    > Renaissance Man

    > Spitfire Grill

    > The Boyfriend School

    > The Burbs

    > The Color of Money

    > The Minus Man*

    > The Mission

    > The 6TH Day*

    > Thicker Than Water*

    > Urban Legends: Final Cut*

    > Waking the Dead*

    > Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000*


    > The following is a list of original series to be shown upconverted in

    > original wide-screen aspect ratio on SHO HDTV in March (Each series


    > include Dolby Digital 5.1 audio):


    > Original Series

    > Jeremiah*

    > Queer As Folk*

    > Stargate SG-1*


    > All other titles on SHO HDTV will be shown upconverted in the 4x3


    > with stereo sound (when available).

    Just for your INFO.


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