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Delay for Sky Widescreen

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by sifowler, Feb 5, 2003.

  1. sifowler

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    Just read the following :

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds10153.html

    I can't believe the only Sky channel that broadcasts in widescreen is one measly film channel (who's schedule is poor to say the latest).

    I know this has been discussed before on this forum but it seems we are some way off Sky Widescreen.

    What I don't understand is - can't they broadcast in such a way that people with 4:3 TV's will still see the correct ratio ??
     
  2. CatDog

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    I'd always assumed they would launch a new channel such as 'Sky1Wide', showing the same schedule as Sky1 but in widescreen - then we could chose which to watch and not upset the 4:3 users. Is there some reason I'm missing that they don't do it this way ??
     
  3. TheBigApple

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    I'm guessing that the majority of people would still complain that half their screen was missing.
     
  4. sifowler

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    So, what happens to 4:3 viewers watching BBC1 via Sky ?? Do they have black bars top and bottom when watching a widescreen programme ? I thought it panned and scanned.
     
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    When a Sky box is set to 4:3 with Letterbox off, it outputs a pan & scan image.

    So there is absolutely no defence whatsoever of Sky's broadcasting alot of 16:9 source material in pan & scan. (their PR monkeys usually defend it by saying nonsense such as market research tells them that the majority of sky customers don't have 16:9 sets)

    It comes down to technical incompetence and a total lack of understanding of viewers wants/wishes.

    There is no need for a seperate Sky1wide channel, infact there is no need for any specialised widescreen channel, all that is required is Sky actually utilise the technology they "provide".
     

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