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Sky Sports & Widescreen

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by gbmitie, Aug 25, 2001.

  1. gbmitie

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    Are you sure it was 4:3, I could swear I watched in widescreen. Check your picture settings in the digibox in case it has switched back to 4:3.

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    Tuned into last Sunday afternoon's Sky Sports football match (Man U vs Fulham). Sky normally present their matches in widescreen and dolby surround (and proudly announce this fact) but not this time - poxy old 4:3 <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> which you can zoom in on of course but you then lose quality and the score disappears (and "yes" I know I could stretch the 4:3 picture but I find it rather disconcerting to see players getting thinner as they run through the centre of the screen <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> ). This is via Telewest digital by the way.

    Does anyone know whether this is going to be the norm from now on? - it's a bit of a step back if it is. Perhaps they have reserved their widescreen presentations for those who have purchased £60 Sky Sports season tickets!
     
  3. Kevo

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    I had the same problem (NTL, NW area).<br />I contacted NTL and they said it was Sky Sports who 'pulled the WS plug' on them in the summer.<br />Notice how the highlights on ITV, Sat night are in WS.

    NTL went on to say that 'they are in negotiations with Sky to resolve this problem'.
     
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    I don't see how Sky can "pull the WS plug" on NTL specifically (or Telewest for that matter) - it's a live Sky Sports broadcast so, presumably, it makes no odds whether you're a Sky Digital, Telewest, NTL or On Digital customer - we're all watching the same programme.

    I can clearly remember that with most (if not all) matches last season, just before kick off some fancy graphics would come up and Richard Keays would say "It's a Sky Sports production in widescreen and dolby surround" - he doesn't say that anymore - this afternoons Newcastle vs Sunderland game was in 4:3 again.

    I've sent an e-mail to Sky Sports asking them why they've taken this retrospective step - if I get a reply you'll be the first to know.

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    Matt are you watching via NTL ?

    I have watched all these games in widescreen on my digibox.
     
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    No, I get digital cable via Telewest. I checked all the settings and they're fine - my digibox is set to 16:9 widescreen.

    During yesterday's Newcastle vs Sunderland game, I switched over to BBC2 (which was showing the Hickstead Derby) and my TV switched to its widescreen (anamorphic) setting but when I switched back to the match Sky Sports, my TV automatically went back to 14:9 zoom (this is what it is set to select for non-widescreen broadcasts).

    I did try setting my TV to widescreen manually during the game (in case the auto widescreen switching isn't coming through) but the players all looked short and fat so I'm certainly not receiving a widescreen broadcast.

    So, it's still a mystery - and Sky haven't answered my e-mail yet.
     
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    Its sounds like a Telewest/Sky problem as Sky are sending widescreen out to their digiboxes.<br />No doubt each will blame the other.
     
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    Us ITV Digital viewers have never had the football from Sky in widescreen. You don't know how gauling it was to sit there while Sky proudly anounced that this presentation was brought to you in widescreen and dolby surround sound. I think Sky want to keep the best for themselves as ITV Digital apparently broadcast in whatever format the programme is given to them in. Having said that there was one occasion durring an England international from Pride Park earlier this year which for about the first five minutes of the second half was in widescreen although there was no WSS signal being sent.

    Stephen

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    That's a bugger! I can confirm all the games I've seen directly on Sky this season are widescreen.<br />Sky Sports Active (the interactive version) has a 4x3 picture (I think) to accommodate the other information around the screen, so perhaps this is what they're feeding the the cable subscribers. <br />Sounds most unfair.
     
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    Cable viewers, please refer to my last post.<br />That is the official statement from NTL.

    It does not affect digital satellite viewers.

    And Matt, yes Sky have been feeding NTL/Telewest a 4:3 signal on live matches.
     

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