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Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by Syngress, Feb 11, 2002.

  1. Syngress

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    Hi,

    When watching the Winter Olypmics on my widescreen tv yesterday through the SKY box, why is that any of the program from the USA was in 4:3 in the middle of the screen with 2 textured boarders down the sides, but any of the studio work was in full 16:9, also when I switched to BBC2 (terrestrial), all of the program was in widescreen?is this just another of SKY's quirks?

    Thanks,

    Syngress
     
  2. Spencem

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    The Live feed from the US apears to be 4.3 which the BBC will edge with curtains as they always do with sport. While the studio in London is the normal BBC 16.9. If you watch any of the recorded stuff, and the interactive stuff then they have cropped it to 16.9

    You must have your TV in some sort of strech mode to get terrestrial in 16.9 as none of the broadcasters do anything larger than 14.9 (except a few films on C4)
     
  3. Kevo

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    Who knows, maybe one day the U.S. and the rest of the world will wake up and start putting more stuff out in WS.
    At the moment it seems only the UK are keen to push WS.
     
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    In the US at least you can blame the very cheap and very big RPTV's that are the mainstay of "cinema" type viewing in homes.
    Unlike the UK where RPTV's were very expensive and the the first mass market take up of large TV's were all widescreen models.

    You will find now that more and more programming in the US is being made to the HDTV standard which is 16*9 by default.
     
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    Widescreen has taken off in France, Germany and Australia but is only just beginning to make an impression in the USA, through digital satellite services. Maybe they will also latch on to the terrestrial digital system too.
     
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    It is not possible to switch between anamorphic widescreen and 4:3 midway through a programme. Sports and CBBC are treated as one programme so any 4:3 material has the bars added.

    Terrestial BBC was not in anamorphic widescreen and never has been. It was not letterboxed either. I am guessing you have your tv in the stretch and crop mode and are mistaking a stretched and cropped 4:3 image as widescreen.
     

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