FAQ

Q: Does Universal HD air Battlestar Galactica?
A: Universal HD has aired Battlestar Galactica in the past and may do so again in the future. If you're a Sci Fi fan we're currently airing Stargate Atlantis, on Thursday nights at 7p & 11p ET.

Q: Does Universal HD air Monk?
A: Yes, Universal HD does air Monk on Monday nights from 8p-2a ET. Monk can also be seen on Sleuth Monday-Friday at 7p/4a ET and Wednesdays from 8a-4p ET.

Q: Will Universal HD be adding more series to its lineup?
A: Universal HD is constantly working to add new and exciting programming to an already stellar schedule. We work hard to strike the right balance of movies, series and sports. Within the last few months, Universal HD has welcomed a number of new series to our lineup, including Becker, Hack, Hogan's Heroes and Law & Order: CI, among others.

Q: Will Universal HD continue offering live sporting events, like the US Open?
A: NBC Universal no longer owns the rights to the US Open, but we broadcast a number of other exciting sporting events, ranging from wrestling to golf to boxing.

Q: Why does Universal HD only air older films? When do newer films air?
A: Universal HD airs a wide variety of films, both new and old. Some of our newer titles include films like Barbershop 2, Blue Crush, Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York, The Hottie and the Nottie and Open Range. Check out our full schedule by clicking on the "schedule" tab above.

Q: Does Universal HD broadcast Dolby 5.1 audio?
A: Yes, many of our movies are broadcast in Dolby 5.1.

Q: Is Universal HD programming closed-captioned?
A: Yes, all Universal HD programming is closed captioned.

Q: Is Universal HD programming true HD or is it up-converted?
A: Universal HD features 100% 1080i HD content. Our sports offerings are shot in HD while other programming, like films and series, is converted from its original 35mm format to HD.

Q: What does upconverted really mean? Does Universal HD air upconverted content?
A: Upconverting refers to the process of taking standard-definition 480i/p programming and upgrading it for broadcast on a high definition channel. The resulting image is inferior to native HD or re-mastered HD. The 480i/p images are in a traditional standard definition or "square" 4:3 aspect ratio-four units wide by three units high-instead of the 16:9 HDTV aspect ratio. The images appear on widescreen HD sets with pillar boxes (black bars on the sides) or stretched. Universal HD does not air any upconverted programming. However, upconverted commercials and other non-program elements do air on Universal HD.

Q: What is native HD? Does Universal HD air native HD programming?
A: Native HD refers to content that is recorded using high definition cameras. Universal HD does air native HD programming including the following:

  • Dew Action Sports Tour
  • Jeep World of Adventure Series
  • Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
  • The Olympics
Q: Isn’t native HD the only true HD?
A: Native HD is not the only true HD. Unlike traditional standard definition 480i/p content, programming shot on 35mm film can be converted or re-mastered to true high definition. The following are examples of programming airing on Universal HD that have been re-mastered in 1080i HD from 35mm originally framed in a 16:9:
  • Monk
  • Stargate Atlantis (5.1 Dolby)
  • All Movies (original framing varies, but is always 16X9 and wider)
Following are examples of programming that have been re-mastered in 1080i HD from 35mm, reframed from 4:3 to 16:9 through tilt and scan:
  • Hogan's Heros
Converting and re-mastering should not be confused with upconverting.

Q: What is 4:3 and 16:9?
A: These are aspect ratios or the width to height ratios of TV monitors or programs. A 4:3 aspect ratio has a square appearance and is four units wide by three units high. The 16:9 aspect ratio has a rectangular or "wide screen" appearance and is 16 units wide by 9 units high. HDTV has a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Q: What is 480i/p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p? Are they all HD formats? Which is best? What airs on Universal HD?
A: These are picture resolutions. Each number represents the amount of lines of vertical resolution in a hi-def image. The letters refer to the display methods. The "p" stands for "progressive," meaning the image lines are drawn simultaneously. The "i" stands for "interlaced," with the lines drawn separately.

The traditional digital TV standard is 480i/p. 1080i is considered a superior resolution. It delivers more lines and therefore, more information producing a sharper picture when the image is still or has little movement. 720p features full frame, progressive scanning and is able to reproduce fast-moving action and graphics while maintaining a clear image. 1080p is the highest quality HD consumer format, but is not used by cable broadcasters. 1080p is only available on BlueRay disks and some game consoles. Universal HD airs 1080i HD.

Universal HD airs 1080i HD.

Q: Why does my video pixelate or freeze?
A: Several factors may affect the video quality of your Universal HD signal, including atmospheric conditions, signal strength, video compression and cable-TV equipment. If the problem persists despite weather conditions, contact your cable or satellite provider.

Q: How do I get Universal HD?
A: Universal HD is available nationwide via cable and satellite distributors. Call your local provider today and get Universal HD on your dial!

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