Why are some channels 4:3 only?

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  1. probedb

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    Might be a daft question but why are some channels (notably UKTV related) 4:3 only? They obviously buy in 16:9 material then show it at 14:9 in a 4:3 frame.

    What's the point apart from bandwidth? Annoyingly my cheaper LCD TV doesn't autoswitch between 4:3 and 16:9.

    ..and nothing to do with freeview but why is Formula 1 still 4:3 as well...Golf, Tennis, Football, Cricket are all widescreen and many hi-def now too :(
     
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    You answered the first question (Bandwidth).

    Not just Formula 1 (or follow the leader), but football from the likes of Spain and other parts of Europe which is televised by them with our english commentators is often in 4:3.
     
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    often this type of coverage is recorded 4:3
     
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    I emailed channel five about this and they responded saying that 4:3 material was cheaper to buy in (notably from the USA) than the equivalent 16:9.
     
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    Widescreen isn't as common in some countries as it is here. That's why a lot of the overseas feeds are still 4:3.

    Also, it costs one helluva lot of money to upgrade everything in the broadcast chain to widescreen. Some companies will wait until their existing equipment dies a natural death rather than replace it now.
     
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    Thanks for the explanations :)
     
  7. andykn

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    I believe ITN (and hence C4 news) are due a major technology refresh soon (a year or two) and will go 16:9 then
     
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    Is there any bandwidth difference?
    16:9 and 4:3 are the same pixel resolution so why the extra bamdwidth for 16:9?
     
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    No, none at all.
     

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