LOKAI of CHERON wrote:
Just let them die? Well, to be honest, with DS9 and VOY, I do think that scenario is a possibility, yes.
I think, there could be a compromise situation (like for example done with X-Files): The film source material is scanned and cut mostly automatically by software (in 4:3 ratio). Scenes with special effects are upscaled (plus sharpened and color corrected to fit the HD material) - maybe some compromises there with green-screen areas replaced with the SD material (SD picture overlayed with the HD picture, but the green screen area cut out, like with a matte painting).
That would enable CBS to create a 80% HD version of DS9 and VOY for a reasonable price. So if a HD TV station (or internet stream service) wants to braodcast them, CBS can say: There you are.
But it wont be a high quality makeover like with TNG, it will be a quick'n'dirty transfer to HD for DS9 and VOY.
Personally, I'm still crossing my fingers for the "full treatment" as it were - I'd love to see DS9 presented in the same way as TNG on Blu. But, I'd be willing to at least sample transfers of the type you're suggesting.
Indeed, a sampler disc à la TNG's "The Next Level" wouldn't go amiss!