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Old 01-30-2006, 09:31 AM   #1  
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Angry Comcast On-Demand HD movie

I rented the HD version of War of the Worlds last night from Comcast On-Demand. The picture was surprisingly grainy. It was very pixely during moments of flashing light and quick action. I've seen other instances of pixelation at times on other HD broadcasts, but this time it was so bad as to be quite distracting. Has anyone else had this issue and is there a reason for it?
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:47 PM   #2  
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I have not watched that movie yet. Just noticed it was on there last night. I did watch the 5th Element in HD a few weeks ago and it was great. Sharp picture and almost no missing pixels in fast screen changes. Are you having any problems with your other HD channels?
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Old 01-30-2006, 11:14 PM   #3  
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Default War of the Worlds is grainy on the DVD as well.

My limited experience with Comcast on-demand (have only watched free movies) has been positive. The picture has looked sharp.

There was some discussion in this forum when War of the Worlds came out on DVD because it is grainy in places (and sharp in other places). The consensus was that the movie was grainy intentionally for some artistic reason that totally escaped those discussing the matter.

Rent the DVD and you will see what I am talking about.
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Old 01-31-2006, 12:25 PM   #4  
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I believe I had the same problem. Comcast came and put new outside cables around the house. No more tiling or audio problems or grainy problems. I have two HD tv's. Living room Hitachi 50vx915 director series lcd rear projection. The director series really outshine the other lcd rear's and dlp. Black levels awesome. Bedroom got the lcd dell 23 inch hdtv. Looks good but the black levels suck. any movie that has dark scenes can't stand watching it. Good for sports and bright HD telecast. Now I understand about bad black levels I recommend before purchasing tell the salesman I want to see scenes from GI Jane or bring that movie in. Bad movie but most of the picture is shot in the dark.
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Old 01-31-2006, 02:35 PM   #5  
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I was having some problems viewing Close Encounters of the Third Kind, mostly audio. When I first tried to view the film the audio kept dropping out, sometimes for as much as two minutes at a time. I called Comcast and they suggested I try a new reciever, and I did (I went to a Comcast payment center and swapped it out myself). The problem was still there, though I never quite got far enough to notice if it was as bad as before. I called Comcast again and they sent a technician out. This time they said I didn't have the latest generation of their HD DVR boxes and offered to swap mine for the latest and greatest. I told them to please do that. But the problem is still there, though again I haven't watched enough of it to notice that it was as bad as it was the first time. I did watch the Fifth Element in it's entirety, and I did notice some of the same audio glitches but it definitely wasn't as bad as it was the first time around. Has anyone else noticed this? At this point asking Comcast about it would just be a waste. I doubt they'd want to do anything but have me swap boxes again, but after the third one I doubt that's going to do much good. Close Encounters is one of my all time faves, and I'm eager to view the whole thing in HD, but I'm going to be picky about the audio.

BTW, the picture quality of the film in HD has varied so far. The opening scene in the Mexican desert is pretty grainy, and an early scene when Roy is trying to convince his kids to see Pinnochio instead of going for Goofy Golf looks pretty bad. But that could just be because of the quality of the film print that is being transferred. The other scenes have looked quite good.
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:09 PM   #6  
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this movie has that look to it. its the way the movie was shot. i saw it in the movies and i own the dvd. i noticed it in the movies. then i bought the dvd and watched it with a friend and niticed it even more. i cant even imagine how hd would bring out that look.
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Old 02-01-2006, 04:45 PM   #7  
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I agree. The movie was made to look grainy. I watched it on DVD. The movie is crap, horrible acting by cruise. How much did you pay to rent it via On-demand HD? Normally the price is pretty high. If they offered a netflix type service I would be interested in it, depending on price. On-Demand has great potential, but as it stands now, I never watch it.
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