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7.30pm - 8.30pm TEN

Sunday 27 November 2005

Students are engaging in wild, sometimes suicidal stunts and Chloe and Pete are the next to become infected. They use a piece of red meteor rock to get Clark to join them.

8.30pm - 9.30pm TEN

Sunday 27 November 2005

Lex recovers his long-lost brother, Lucas, and uses him in a ploy to buy out his father's share of the company. But it soon becomes clear that Lucas isn't to be trusted and Lex is ousted from his own company.

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Yourtv.com.au had changed the listings and now shows this as being HD :blink:.

So has Channel 10's website, IMO, I think Ch.10 should start from the beginning of Season 2 because I doubt anyone would remember the last episode that Nine showed unless they read a synopsis or own the dvd.

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Are they seriously starting exactly where Nine left off?

Oh and thanks for the heads up on the HD thing.. it certainly changed my schedule around (was going to record Ten, but since it's in HD, I'll happily record SC10 instead - less artifacts and pixelation that way)

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Some comparisons..

First the hard one, SD vs. HD (it's only hard to do the actual comparison, but it's easy to see the difference)

Files were saved using JPEG compression but with as little as possible compression applied (that keeps the filesize under 1 meg so that I can upload them on imageshack). Comments are below the screenshots.

Fullsize image:

HD - http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/9770/hd1vu.jpg

SD - http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/7779/sd1rw.jpg

Zoomed in:

HD - http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/7018/hd3wn.png

SD - http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/4031/sd6me.png

Not exactly the big difference I'm used to, but nevertheless, it certainly does pay to have a HD display.

Fullsize image:

HD - http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/6541/hd6cm.jpg

SD - http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/2607/sd1rp.jpg

Zoomed in:

HD - http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/7232/hd7bj.png

SD - http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/3070/sd7wg.png

This is where a HD display comes in handy... without HD, you wouldn't be able to make out the buttons or the zipper...

Fullsize image:

HD - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/9172/hd8ik.jpg

SD - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/599/sd0mb.jpg

Zoomed in:

HD - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/3142/hd1ds.png

SD - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/8117/sd7kt.png

Maybe not the best example, because I used Weave deinterlacing for both, but you can still see artifacts around her lips.

Fullsize image:

HD - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/9878/hd5yt.jpg

SD - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/7311/sd8rz.jpg

Zoomed in:

HD - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/1616/hd3vg.png

SD - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/3543/sd3av.png

Pretty obvious, isn't it? Difference is amplified 3000% on a HD screen displaying HD compared to a SD screen display SD. There's just no competition.

Now comes the fun part, SC10 vs. Ten.

Ten - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/4945/ten7xq.jpg

SC10 - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/7141/sc102yd.jpg

Miniscule differences between the two. SC10 is ever so slightly blurrier than Ten, but also less grainy. So it's possible they're applying a soften filter or something.

Ten - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/5883/ten9iw.jpg

SC10 - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/1172/sc108fy.jpg

Again, slightly blurry on the SC10 side. Kinda looks like it's been bobbed, but that would be silly.

Ten - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/5499/ten1lz.jpg

SC10 - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/4097/sc107md.jpg

Once more, it's slightly blurry on SC10, especially noticeable around the forehead area.

Ten - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/8358/ten5oz.jpg

SC10 - http://img493.imageshack.us/img493/6717/sc105ai.jpg

You can clearly see they've switched sides. Now Ten appears to be blurrier than SC10. And with that SC10 also appears to show more grain. But that's expected due to the way it's filmed. If you look closely at the one of the people in the foreground, Ten loses detail on the person's jeans, whilst SC10 remains sharp, as per the following images:

Ten - http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/6426/ten7wn.png

SC10 - http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/5677/sc108tb.png

You'll also notice the bike wheel has lost some detail on Ten, as well as the footpath on the left, the STOP sign in the background, and the other bystanders in the background. The person's hair in the foreground is also a big mess on Ten, whilst the detail was kept intact on SC10.

And finally:

Ten - http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/8701/ten1oo.jpg

SC10 - http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/5745/sc104je.jpg

I think it's clear which one the winner is... SC10's higher bitrate certainly gives it the edge :blink:

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Did you notice how Ten gives it a progressive scan look to it - Nine was a mess compared when doing static shots (even at low motion) that never looked right even when deinterlaced. Good comparisons too, even with a LQ show such as Smallville, SC10 really shows the difference.

Edit: I nearly forgot - NO WATERMARK! About time Ten got the rights to all the HD shows I say.

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Nine is still the leader in HD - more HD than anyone else, more DD5.1 and generally higher bitrates.

These WB shows like Smallville and Gilmore Girls are very grainy, but HD still definitely has the edge and provides extra detail over SD, giving an overall sharper (but still grainy) image.

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Edit: I nearly forgot - NO WATERMARK! About time Ten got the rights to all the HD shows I say.

:blink: Nine Perth don't have a watermark either, so it would've been the same for them... actually their Nine has better PQ than Ten, so it's a big downgrade for the Perth viewers.

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I just noticed something.. SC10 are stat-muxing (using a variable bitrate). I guess that explains why the quality is so high on moving scenes, but slightly lower on static scenes.

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i reckon they should just show smallville back to back to get viewers up to the new season.. could u imagine it 52 weeks a year wow.. esp checking chole and lana *drools* :blink:

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Since we are around three years behind I can't see why they don't play it at 7:30pm each night - it would take them all of Summer to even catch up with the US and then they could do it weekly.

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