World Cup Widescreen Woes

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  1. Berno

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    What's the best way to watch the England - Argentina game on my Panasonic Widescreen TV via Sky Digital?

    My analogue reception of BBC ONE is very poor.

    • If I bypass the digibox I get a very poor Full screen picture :(
    • If I set the Digibox to 16:9 mode I get the huge side bars :( :(
    • If I set the digibox to 4:3 mode I get a letterbox picture with huge side bars :( :( :(
    Is there any other way I can set up my system to get a full or near full screen picture?
     
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    set your digi box to 4-3 and turn off the letterbox mode
     
  3. Berno

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    Hi Neilo
    Thanks for replying.

    Do you mean turn off the letterbox mode on the TV?

    I'm at work right now but I seem to remember trying that and still ending up with big side bars.

    Am I doing something wrong?
     
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    Hiya
    in picture settings on your digi box..when you change from 16:9 to 4:3 right under that line it says letterbox mode set that to no
     
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    I disagree. I think the best way to watch it is with the "sidebars". This is the correct aspect ratio and the way the BBC have set it up - if you follow neilo's advice you will be watching it squashed.

    All the best,
     
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    If you want the full picture, you need to watch either the anlogue version (with tv in 4:3 mode) or the digital version (digibox set to 16:9) with the picture shown as 4:3 in a 16:9 frame.

    If you want to stretch the picture and crop the top and bottom so you only see some of the filmed area but get no black bars, then you need to set the digibox to 4:3 and have your tv in it's stretch and crop mode or do the same with the analogue version.

    Best option is to have the black bars and watch the football rather than the bars.
     
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    Have you tried BBCi? That seems to provide a picture that fills the 16:9 screen without the side bars. Just press red ......
     
  8. Berno

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    Thanks Ian,

    I forgot about the old "BBCi trick". I'll give it a try.
     
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    It is just unbelievable how this issue confuses people! :rolleyes: :D By pressing the red button you will not get a 16:9 picture!
    The only way to watch it properly is with the black bars at either side - that is why they are there! By doing anything else you are either cropping or squashing or squeezing.
    As soon as the game starts you will be so upset by the way England are playing that you will forget all about the black bars! :D
     
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    No confusion here :D.

    I realise that the picture will not have the correct aspect ratio.
    I just can't stand the bars at the side of the picture. They are very distracting.
    So pressing the red button is the lesser of two evils for me. Even if I do get my balls squashed :eek:
     
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    Doesnt your tele have a natural wide setting (expands 4:3 to full screen) by stretching the sides? Leave the digibox on 16:9 setting, then toggle the tv wide mode button.
     
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    That doesn't work for 4:3 inside a 16:9 frame.
     
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    Have we all forgot the ads on Tv - buy a widescreen tv for the world cup football. What a load of crap - someone should take all these people to court .

    All these games are not broadcast in widescreen so therefore you cannot view them naturally in widescreen. Yeh , you can certainly mess around with the settings - personally I wouldn't.

    I presume many of you would press zoom when viewing letterboxed DVD's, And I presume these are the people who state the picture seems a bit grainy !!!!!!!
     
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    but a letterbox picture on a widescreen set is a joke!!

    so bloody small !
     
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    Cmon, football is what you watch once, forget about it, Now dvd film are different as you watch them many times. Try pressing the red button on sky remote, then you can watch footy without borders.
     
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    You can watch it without borders this way (assuming you dont have the tv in 4:3 mode) but you will see less than with the black bars.
     
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    Try Radio 5, it's much less confusing. They are transmitting on 909:693 without any bars
     
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    They also transmit on skydigital as one of the radio stations or on BBCi whilst the footy is on.
     

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