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#1 04-15-2008 10:16:27 AM

ghoofie
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Sci-fi HD

This morning I noticed Sci-Fi HD on my  guide. Went to the channel and it indeed was
on. (not HD).  Hadn't received any notice.  Maybe some of the Sci-fi original movies
I watch will be HD now.

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#2 04-15-2008 10:44:11 AM

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Re: Sci-fi HD

Yep, it turned on all over the Bay Area today along with Food-HD, Animal Planet-HD, CNN-HD, TLC-HD, and AMC-HD.....

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#3 04-15-2008 11:01:47 AM

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Re: Sci-fi HD

Bobby wrote:

Yep, it turned on all over the Bay Area today along with Food-HD, Animal Planet-HD, CNN-HD, TLC-HD, and AMC-HD.....

Didn't notice all the others...but I'll have to check tonight.  cool

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#4 04-15-2008 11:13:42 AM

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Re: Sci-fi HD

We've had it for a little bit here in Atlanta... most recently filmed SciFi original content has been in HD (including BSG!).  Watched a few minutes of this weekend's Odysseus movie and it was HD.

Now if only they'd bring back Tripping the Rift.

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#5 04-15-2008 4:29:37 PM

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Re: Sci-fi HD

jganyard wrote:

Now if only they'd bring back Tripping the Rift.

That's what DVD's and Netflix are for. BTW, did you know there is a new Tripping the Rift: The Movie out?
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Tripping_t … e/70086999


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#6 04-15-2008 4:31:33 PM

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Re: Sci-fi HD

ghoofie wrote:

This morning I noticed Sci-Fi HD on my  guide. Went to the channel and it indeed was
on. (not HD).  Hadn't received any notice.  Maybe some of the Sci-fi original movies
I watch will be HD now.

Be aware that SciFi-HD is typically part of a triple HD with Discovery and USA. All are 1080i. Back in Jan/Feb it was horrible, with stuttering and major large pixelation on fast movement. It's improved a bit, but still occasionally stutters, and fast movement can cause the picture to briefly look super-grainy.


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#7 04-15-2008 5:07:18 PM

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Re: Sci-fi HD

andyross wrote:

ghoofie wrote:

This morning I noticed Sci-Fi HD on my  guide. Went to the channel and it indeed was
on. (not HD).  Hadn't received any notice.  Maybe some of the Sci-fi original movies
I watch will be HD now.

Be aware that SciFi-HD is typically part of a triple HD with Discovery and USA. All are 1080i. Back in Jan/Feb it was horrible, with stuttering and major large pixelation on fast movement. It's improved a bit, but still occasionally stutters, and fast movement can cause the picture to briefly look super-grainy.

What do you mean  triple HD ?  We've had Discovery and USA HD's for some time now. Can't say I really
watch them. I watch Sci-Fi but mostly the movies, but not the very few new programs that are HD on Sci-Fi.

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#8 04-16-2008 4:24:17 PM

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Re: Sci-fi HD

Comcast has been bundling 3 HD channels on one frequency due to bandwidth issues. Two HD channels can fit on one frequency with no problems, and usually some extra space. But 3 at a time requires some form of bandwidth management. Even with variable bit-rate encoding per channel, the result is usually extra compression.

Check this out:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1008271


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#9 04-16-2008 7:42:46 PM

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#10 04-17-2008 7:37:18 AM

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Re: Sci-fi HD

I've noticed the drop in PQ myself on these "3-packs".  It seems to work okay (still a difference though) if they do 2 1080i's and 1 720p but really suffers with 3 1080i's packed together.

Each day no new HD channels appears pushes me closer to DirecTV.

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