Let's tell HBO what we want-

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Don Landis, Dec 30, 2001.

  1. Don Landis

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    Hello-
    This is a PSA post:
    AVS Forum Member Fred DeGrandis has started a thread and petition drive to request HBO execs to offer even more HDTV programming and reverse their policy to air pan & scan HDTV movies in favor of Original Aspect Ratio movies.
    The latest revised text of the petition is:

    We are members of a home theater forum who have been sending in many requests on the Talk to HBO section of your web site. Our comments range widely from "More HD content" to broadcasting your movies in the Original Aspect Ratio as the film was shown in the theaters.
    We are subscribers to HBO HD and are happy with the overall viewing experience; but, the majority of us feel that if you would change your policy to showing movies in the Original Aspect Ratio, it would greatly improve our enjoyment of your programming. We understand that making film to HDTV tape transfers is an expensive process. We also understand that the process of doing this in Pan & Scan by your present policy adds additional cost to the process that, in reality, your viewers of HBO HD do not want.
    You could save money and please your specific HDTV viewers by simply changing your Pan & Scan policy so that all movies are presented in the Original Aspect Ratio.
    We recognize that HBO is doing its best to offer us more movies and HBO Original programming in HDTV. We have seen this growth over the past year and just want to say we appreciate your efforts. In a special request, we would like to see the following future episodes in HDTV: OZ; Dennis Miller Live; Arliss; Curb your Enthusiasm; Sex in the City; Six Feet Under; Inside the NFL; and, Boxing events. HBO HDTV special programming like The Sopranos and Band of Brothers has been very well received by us HDTV enthusiasts. We just want more of these in HDTV and wish for you to make every effort to provide them.
    By granting your HDTV viewers these two requests, you will have shown us you care about what your fans of HBO HD want. We don't believe these two requests are unreasonable and in fact, we believe the reversal of your Pan & Scan policy on just your HDTV movies to showing them in OAR will reduce your costs of film transfers.
    Won't you please consider our requests and discuss the merits of them at your next programming policy meeting? We are your audience, HBO, please do not let us down.
    If you agree, please support this effort by adding your name to the growing list at:
    http://www.petitiononline.com/HBOHD/petition.html
    I feel a good show of numbers may get the changes we want and show HBO they do have a growing number of viewers of HBO HDTV who want movies in OAR.
    Thank you all for participating in this effort.
    PS- I look forward to meeting many of you at CES and on the Home Theater Cruise next November.
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  2. Kyle McKnight

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    Damn...thought we were gonna tell them we want John Leguizamo's FREAK on DVD [​IMG]
     
  3. Gord Lacey

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    Don,

    I'm guessing you meant to post this in the TV area, and not the Software area.

    Gord
     
  4. Don Landis

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    Gord- No, I posted it here as an announcement for those who hang out here and may not have seen it elasewhere but who may be interested in what we are doing. This section has quite a bit of traffic and it received almost a hundred reads in 3 hours.
     
  5. Don Landis

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  6. Kyle McKnight

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    I can't believe you bumped this, and your attitude of "screw the rules if I think my thread will get more views" really suprises me.
     
  7. Dave Baldinger

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    Kyle,

    Your post, "screw the rules if I think my thread will get more views" implies some sort of ego trip on Don's part. Personally, I think that Don's post is appropriate ANYWHERE HDTVers and OAR proponents lurk. There's no ego involved here; he's simply trying to spread the OAR gospel for the benefit of ALL of us who enjoy watching an unbutchered movie.

    Lighten up, please.
     

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