The Reason Why GoT's Battle Of Winterfell Looked So Bad
YESTERDAY, A PRETTY MAJOR EPISODE OF THE FINAL SEASON OF HIT SHOW GAME OF THRONES AIRED AND FANS COULDN’T WAIT TO TUNE IN TO WATCH IT.
But unfortunately most were left feeling far less than satisfied with what they saw.
Or more so, what they didn’t see.
Even though it cost $15 million to produce the episode, it just goes to show that even one of the most meticulously produced shows in history can fall prey to the curse of low quality streaming and bad TV settings.
Let's start with the good news - this episode will look incredible on Blu-ray, and potentially better streams and downloads in the future.
The bad news? Millions of people have already seen it in a way its creators didn't intend for them to see.
Incidentally, did anyone else have trouble making out what was going on at times? Was all blurry and dark and shadowy on BOTH our Foxtel feeds. Bloody frustrating! #GameofThrones— Rohan Connolly (@rohan_connolly) April 29, 2019
Dear people making TV shows,— With Courteous Passion, Nic (@CloneNic) April 29, 2019
THE VIEWERS AT HOME WOULD PREFER IF THEY COULD SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING ON SCREEN STOP MAKING EVERYTHING SO DARK.
Everyone watching tonight’s #GameOfThrones #GoT #BattleOfWinterfell
I'm not saying Game Of Thrones was dark this week but I think Bran saw more than I did.— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) April 29, 2019
According to TechCrunch, it all boils down to compression.
"Video has to be compressed in order to be sent efficiently over the internet, and although we’ve made enormous strides in video compression and the bandwidth available to most homes, there are still fundamental limits," the publication writes.
While there are ways to compress a file without impacting the video quality, there are some exemptions, and one of them has to do with the way compression handles colour and brightness.
In layman's terms, when the image is very dark, it can't display colour very well.
Yep, compression doesn't handle colour and brightness very well.
Oh, and let us assure you - the problem is not your television. 4K TV's make no difference in this case.
However, it's vital that you make sure your TV isn't on the worst settings, which can be done by using "calibration".
Start by going through the "picture" or "video" menu and turning off settings with names like "Cinema mode" or "TrueMotion". Turn these off and never use them again.
TechCrunch suggest you click through your television's colour presets while the program is playing.
"These are often things like 'natural,' 'game,' 'cinema,' 'calibrated,' and so on and take effect right away," they write.
"Some may make the image look too green, or too dark, or whatever. Play around with it and whichever makes it look best, use that one. You can always switch later – I myself switch between a lighter and darker scheme depending on time of day and content."
Sorry to break it to you, but in the case of Game of Thrones' Battle of Winterfell, none of these tips will make much of a difference until a new version is released.
Let us assure you though, when the Blu-ray edition is out, you'll be in your element!
Here's to hoping the next battle is in broad daylight!