What's the deal with TNT-HD?

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  1. Ric Easton

    Ric Easton Cinematographer

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    Just about everything on this channel is in stretch mode. With the exception of some movies and miniseries (Salem's Lot springs to mind as something that was shown in actual widescreen) I mean, if you're going to stretch it... why bother? I can do that myself.

    I tried watching their 5:00 rerun of Angel this evening. The episode (from the show's 5th season) was originally broadcast in widescreen. So why is TNT still stretching it? The thing should have looked fantastic but instead was unwatchable. I don't think its a problem with my cable system (Time Warner) because the TNT bug in the corner of the screen is still perfectly round. It's not stretched like the rest of the picture.

    Can anyone enlighten me on this?

    Ric
     
  2. Bruce Hedtke

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    There's nothing to really enlighten. What you describe is what they are doing. They are taking the 4x3 broadcast, stretching it to fit 16x9 and then upconverting it. It's not true HD.

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  3. Ric Easton

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    It just doesn't make any sense to me. Are they broadcasting the wide screen versions of Angel on the regular TNT? I guess I'll have to take a look at it tomorrow. What a waste.

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    No. Regular TNT crops the picture for Angel seasons 3, 4, and 5. Its horrible when one of the characters gets cut out of the picture during a group scene.
     
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    I believe the upcoming NBA games will be broadcast in true HD on TNT.
     
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    The miniseries SALEMS LOT was in true HD, and this weeks broadcast of JOHN Q was propery formatted, as far as I could tell.
     
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    To contact TNT and complain & recommend they use OAR (and leave the decisions to stretch up to the viewer):

    (404) 885-4488
    Turner Network Television
    100 Spear St. Suite 525
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    * address/phone provided by my local Oceanic Time/Warner cable company

    TNT was just added to our local HD-digital lineup, and I was deeply disappointed in seeing the stretch. Made X-Files and everything in 4:3 unwatchable, dizzying and bizarre (Fox's head kept getting elongated, and eveyone had one really wide shoulder).

    I called to complain, and to recommend showing all true 4:3 programs in 4:3, and everything in their original formats without manipulating the image. I told them I appreciate true HD programming when they show it, but I cannot and will not watch the distorted stretched programs.
     
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    ER is in High Def everyday. I think it has less to do with TNT wanting to air the shows in full High Def, and what the studios are providing them. Warners provides the high def tapes for ER, whereas Fox does not for Angel.
     

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