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Terrestrial Widescreen?

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by rbecking, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. rbecking

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    Is terrestrial transmitted in widescreen? I have a Panasonic widescreen TV but a widescreen BBC programme on my SKY box is only 4:3 with narrow black bars at the top and bottom when I switch to terrestrial.
     
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    Terrestrial ANALOG transmissions are all broadcast as 4x3 signals. However, some (quite a high proportion) of newly made matrial is actually made to fit 16x9. When such material is broadcast via ANALOG, they slightly letterbox it, and at the same time crop the left and right. You end up with a 14x9 image (approx) with tiny black bars top and bottom on a 4x3 set.

    Terrestrial DIGITAL transmissions can be either 16x9 or 4x3, depending on the source and the feelings of the broadcaster. Most newly-made material on the major channels is 16x9.
     
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    Digital Terrestrial IS widescreen
     
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    No it isn't. It MAY be either 16x9 OR 4x3 depending on the vagaries of the broadcaster. And a given channel may very well switch between the two, between programmes.

    When BBC1 is broadcasting (say) Have I Got News For You - it is 16x9.
    When BBC1 is broadcasting (say) 'Open All Hours' - it is 4x3.
    When TMF is broadcasting pretty much anything it is 4x3.
    $ky News is 4x3.
    News 24 is all 16x9.

    etc.
     
  5. acucobol

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    You are vorect Nigel.

    ITV are the worst though. Loads of 4x3 programing switching to widescreen for ads.
    The advertisers have more clue!
     

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