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Good news from Talking Pictures TV in the UK !

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  • Good news from Talking Pictures TV in the UK !

    Good news from Talking Pictures TV in the UK ..:


    http://mailchi.mp/talkingpicturestv/...3?e=762705753f


    Many more viewers will now be able to see these wonderful old films !

    Do circulate to any any folks who may be interested...


    We have some very exciting news. From the afternoon of Thursday 30th November, Talking Pictures TV will be available on Freeview NATIONWIDE to 90% of the Country! No Need for any special equipment – we will be on almost all your Freeview TVs . If you can currently watch Yesterday Channel on number 19 or Home on number 25 you will get us (which is pretty much everyone) so all your neighbours, friends and fellow film fans who have been moaning that they can’t get us on their TVs PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD you NO LONGER NEED HD boxes or TVs to watch us – We are Thrilled to be able to bring Talking Pictures TV and some important films from cinema history to TV screens into even more homes across the country.

    Those of you who already get us on 81 will need to retune ON THE DAY. Those of you who only get us for certain hours on Local TV stations WILL GET US 24 Hours a Day ON CHANNEL 81 from Thursday 30th November just after lunch. For help on how to retune, visit Freeview.co.uk/support or Freeview channel 100.

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    Yes this is excellent news! They've recently been showing some Laurel and Hardy films, off British TV for decades. No idea how they negotiated the copyrights. They have a great range of movies including many rarities. Their Renown Films operation has loads of great vintage movies on DVD, including all the Mr. Pastry films, which are otherwise extremely rare.

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    • #3
      Great news! lots of film &TV gems on there that I had missed.

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      • #4
        This does appear to be good news.

        Nick

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        • #5
          In the words of the late,great rugby commentator Bill McLaren "They'll be dancing in the streets of Ballybunion tonight.."

          Heaven knows, (after asking TPTV several times why I couldn't get it in a location in their own postcode, but could in Birmingham, Southampton and a small village outside Bristol; answer you need an Freeview HD TV - yes, got one of those) I upgraded the TV; I bought a Freeview HD PVR... no joy. Must have come across as a right nag on ther FB page.

          Well, this is tremendously good news. Very pleased.

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          • #6
            Anyone who watches this channel think the picture qulaity is too pixilated?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Metro1962 View Post
              Anyone who watches this channel think the picture qulaity is too pixilated?
              I have watched the occasional film on this channel, but on satellite rather than Freeview. Admittedly it is a free channel, but the odd film I've seen here had a very poor picture quality. I recall watching The Iron Maiden (1962) a while ago and the picture looked very muddy and blurred. But yes I agree with you, it does appear they compress the signal more than other channels.

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              • #8
                Good news, watched Day of the Triffids ( again ) yesterday.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Metro1962 View Post
                  Anyone who watches this channel think the picture qulaity is too pixilated?
                  Yes, their bandwidth is fairly low compared with premium channels. It's not too bad when they're showing decent prints, but with lesser quality material things can get unwatchable at times.

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                  • #10
                    I don't expect they have the financial resources to pay for access to the higher bandwidth channels used by the BBC. ITV, C4 .......

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                    • #11
                      I'm just grateful to see the films that have been gathering dust for decades.

                      Plus Scotland Yard and The Human Jungle, I can't fit it all in !

                      There's certainly been some strange ones, like Firemaidens from Outer Space, and the one about the tree that eats women with Vera Day, it was pleasant to see her interview recently, she's still lovely.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mark O View Post
                        I'm just grateful to see the films that have been gathering dust for decades.

                        Plus Scotland Yard and The Human Jungle, I can't fit it all in !

                        There's certainly been some strange ones, like Firemaidens from Outer Space, and the one about the tree that eats women with Vera Day, it was pleasant to see her interview recently, she's still lovely.
                        Yes, Renown has some real rarities and marvels from the past. I have bought from them gems like Inn For Trouble, Talking Feet and Something In The City, which is a Richard Hearne (Mr. Pastry) movie that I would actually recommend (unlike his other three). I can't wait for the new channel to start.

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                        • #13
                          Apart from the low bandwidth and sometimes grotty prints, the biggest problem with Talking Pictures is the lack of consistency with regard to aspect ratios. Everything after 1954 (even B movies) should be wide screen (i.e. 1.75:1) but is usually presented in 4x3. Recently they have shown 'Scope movies in 4x3 (The Beauty Jungle) and 16x9 (The Boys).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mark O View Post
                            There's certainly been some strange ones, like Firemaidens from Outer Space...
                            Ah, the weekend late night soft porn.

                            Originally posted by Odeonman View Post
                            Apart from the low bandwidth and sometimes grotty prints, the biggest problem with Talking Pictures is the lack of consistency with regard to aspect ratios. Everything after 1954 (even B movies) should be wide screen (i.e. 1.75:1) but is usually presented in 4x3. Recently they have shown 'Scope movies in 4x3 (The Beauty Jungle) and 16x9 (The Boys).
                            I think they source a lot of their prints from material that was specially prepared for TV presentation in days when 4:3 was the norm.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by narabdela View Post

                              Ah, the weekend late night soft porn.


                              There's no porn in Firemaidens !..

                              Though the channel has shown 1970's soft porn films, I've only watched one (and wish I hadn't, it's a big yawn), Not tonight, darling...

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