[mythtv-users] Is cable going widescreen?
allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com
Mon Aug 25 21:55:31 UTC 2008
On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 12:57 PM, Jay R. Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 12:47:41PM -0500, Kevin Kuphal wrote:
>> > But after feb of next year, will those 4:3 channels even exist?
>> > I know that if I was doing just OTA, then with a converter box,
>> > the answer would be yes, only widescreen, leaving black bars above
>> > and below the picturebut what about cable? They have not mentioned
>> > anything in their ads except that you'll be just fine with cable.
>> Digital != 16:9
> It doesn't, but that doesn't entirely answer his question, either.
> And I don't think there *is* an answer that derives from anything else.
> I think whether each program source continues to send 4:3, or at least
> protect for 4:3, is going to be up to them, and we won't find out until
> they do it.
> I would hope that converters would do P&S in addition to LB; I don't
> much like it but other people will scream.
> -- jra
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My Zenith OTA converter box has a setup so that you can tell it you
want 4:3 and it will crop left and right if needed to fill the
picture. Myth has a similar feature, so you can zoom to fill
(almost) the 4:3 tube. Myth also has the nice feature of half zoom so
you can compromise for a show that is native 16:9 but you want 4:3 but
it is not 4:3 protected. You get small black bars and loss of some
right and left picture. This works well for "The News Hour" which is
16:9 and not 4:3 protected. Most shows are fine with full zoom.
The ATSC specification is wide open and broadcasters can do pretty
much whatever they want. Some broadcast the same show 16:9 and 4:3 on
different sub channels. Some broadcast 16:9 on X.1 and 4:3 on X.2 but
a different show.
Cable? Dump it and get an antenna :-)
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