January 08, 2010

Heroes, Being Human, Slumdog and Glee all in HD

Some programmes to look out for in the coming days:
Heroes, returns to BBC HD Saturday evening with a double-episode at 22.10.
Wallander looked great on BBC HD to my eyes last week and we have the second of three episodes this Sunday at 9pm. And that's followed by the start of the second season of Being Human at 22.30. Also next week on the channel Hustle, Nurse Jackie, and Silent Witness, and repeats of season two of Criminal Justice and the excellent Small Island adaptation. And the second series of Survivors (finally) appears on Tuesday at 9pm (thanks, Afront)
4HD films in the next week include The Simpsons Movie and Hostage on Saturday, Cheaper by the Dozen and Forest Gump on Sunday, Cruel Intentions on Monday and the dazzling Slumdog Millionaire next Wednesday, all showing in full HD.
Those thinking that Virgin not having E4 HD will mean they're starved of the new hit US show Glee in all its glory will be pleased to find it will be repeated on Sundays on 4HD in full high def starting on January 17th at 17.35 with a double episode.

Finally, for those following the BBC HD quality debate, there's a piece on You and Yours on iPlayer on the topic - kicks in around the 14.30 mark and is pretty inconclusive. Personally, I think the BBC HD picture quality has improved lately on VM now and certainly not as dire as is being described by satellite customers. Still not as good as the HD programming on 4HD and Nat Geo, but better than regular BBC1.
Oh, and the HD iPlayer listings have now been refreshed after their disappearance over Christmas. Obviously the person who knows what they're doing has returned from their Christmas break...

7 comments:

Afront said...

Don't forget series 2 of Survivors also starts on BBC HD at 9pm, Tuesday 12 January 2010.

Erich said...

Interesting that Ms. Nagler mentioned people's expectations for the American HD "look", which mirrors my own comments on the matter.

Also, I came across this quote from Charlie Brooker regarding HD broadcasting from a few years ago.

"For the first year or so, it's going to be little more than a tech demo, really. Lots of programs turning their sharpness knob up to 11 to impress early adopters"

Carol Steele said...

[quote]Don't forget series 2 of Survivors also starts on BBC HD at 9pm, Tuesday 12 January 2010.[/quote]

Yes, I just caught that and have set my advanced Sky+ HD box to record the series. It's about time they showed us the second half of series 1, it must be at least a year since the first part was broadcast.

Erich said...

Watched Slumdog tonight in HD, and I have to say, it didn't have that "pinsharp", "stunning" "wow quality" people who complain about the quality of BBC HD seem to be after, so I'd expect to see a wave of complaints about the quality drop of C4 HD now. :)

Seriously, though, did anyone think this movie looked particularly great?

Afront said...

Unfortunately Survivors was not broadcast in Dolby Digital - it was just plain old pro-logic, like TV from the 1990s.

Personally, I consider Dolby Digital to be part of the "high definition" experience...

Nialli said...

Any idea if that's Virgin's oversight or BBC HD's?

Afront said...

Not sure - guess someone with BBC HD on Sky etc. could check? My amp flips in and out of Dolby Digital whenever there's a signal so it's easy for me to see what's being transmitted. Horizon is currently on in Pro Logic but I'm fairly sure it flips to DD for the spots between programmes.