Still, if a mod is reading this, please move this to the correct sub-forum, if available.
A few years ago, I’ve noticed that MeTV (and their sister networks) are making their newly acquired filmed shows play smoother than the shows they aired in the past, which still happens to this day, except for most of the animated content.
The first show I’ve noticed this happening in, is Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (either that or Daniel Boone, but I didn’t know if the effect was applied by the network).
It seems this is a result of the network applying a soap-opera effect, which is usually found as a feature on most digital TVs, albeit the effect running at 30fps, instead of the full TV frame rate of 60fps or higher.
Since the network themselves are applying the effect, it is also noticeable on old analog TVs.
The taped shows have a higher frame rate to begin with, so those don’t count.
You’ll notice the effect in Buck Rogers, M*A*S*H, Lost in Space, Monk, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, to name a few shows.
Other M*A*S*H viewers have noticed it in this page. (See the comments.)
A more noticeable example would be in The Waltons.
Most episodes have the soap-opera effect applied, but in (certain?) two-parter episodes such as The Thanksgiving Story, one part would play normally without the effect (my guess is because of the digitally-added “To Be Continued” text, increasing the internal frame rate of the video file), but the next part would play with the effect applied.
I’ve tried contacting MeTV about removing the effect (along with fixing the deinterlacing bug where the even/odd fields are thrown out, resulting in choppy playback) a couple of years ago, but they never got back to me, unfortunately.
I guess because their target demographic only cares about rewatching the shows they grew up with, it gives MeTV a reason to either prioritizing the effect removal very low, or not bother removing it at all.
Unfortunately, as a result, videophiles like me would have to resort to buying the shows on DVD and/or Blu-Ray, if you wanted to wanted to watch the shows without video enhancement effects of any kind applied.
For the shows that don’t have a Blu-ray release (ex. M*A*S*H), and/or for people with no internet access, then if you wanted to watch in HD, the only free TV option is MeTV (and sister networks like H&I, Decades, and StartTV), and because of that, you’ll have to bare with either the soap opera effect, or the choppy playback due to the deinterlacing bug (which tbh, is less distracting than the SOE).
There’s a reason why features like this on most TVs are not something that’s forced to be turned on, so I’m really tired of this.
I feel that if/when they remove the effect from the shows they air, they’ll potentially gain more ratings as a result (and maybe a tiny bit more, if they fix the deinterlacing bug as well).
Anyone else tired of seeing the soap-opera effect on networks like MeTV?
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