Is freeview mostly widescreen?

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  1. Ash007

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    Is freeview mostly widescreen. My dad was considering getting it. His tv is an old 4:3 tv which doesn't even have a scart socket.
    Would this mean that most of the programs would be squashed up. (widescreen squashed int0 4:3)
    Is it only really worth having if u have a widescreen tv?

    Any advice apreciated.

    Ash
     
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    There's more WS on freeview than there is on analogue.

    Most of the BBC channels show nearly 9/10 programs WS.
    A lot of C5 is WS
    2/3 of C4 is WS
    50% of ITV is WS*

    Don't think the 3 Sky channels are WS?!

    Anyway, broadcasters are going to be showing more not less WS.

    I have an old OnDigital STB and there's a setting for what type of TV it's being used on. IIRC choices are similar to a DVD player (4:3, 4:3 letterbox, and 16:9)


    You don't need a new WS TV to benefit from freeview, but it helps!

    * those figures look a little optomistic :confused: but about right for peak time viewing.
     
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    You can set the STB/adaptor to 4:3 or 4:3 letterbox, so no it won't look squashed.
     

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