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Old 02-17-02, 10:04 AM
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16:9 owners, question about WS programming

I can't seem to find the right mode for watching WS cable programming on my WS TV. I was watching Discovery Channel the other night, STANDARD mode seemed to squish the people, but EXPAND cut a good 2 inches off the top and bottom. Only the very top of the DC logo was visible. I ended up watching STRETCHED mode. Which is ok, but does distort the sides. Does my overscan need to be adjusted or am i doing something wrong? I hate to switch to 4:3 mode, that seems to defeat the purpose.
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Even though the program you are watching is in widescreen, it is letterboxed. In order to watch a letterboxed program properly you would need to have your TV in 4:3 mode. You will have black bars on the top and bottom and gray bars on the sides. Otherwise stretched is probably the next best way to watch it. Stretched maintains the image vertically and streatches just the outside edges of the image.

If the program was being broadcast in HDTV then it would display on your TV properly, assuming you were able to receive HDTV.

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Every once in a while the History Channel has shown an anamorphic documentary without an announcement - if the picture was squished it's most likely Discovery Channel did the same thing. Use the same setting as for an anamorphic DVD.
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Thanks, I forgot about the future of HDTV and thought I was doing something wrong
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Originally posted by Mammal
Every once in a while the History Channel has shown an anamorphic documentary without an announcement - if the picture was squished it's most likely Discovery Channel did the same thing. Use the same setting as for an anamorphic DVD.
Is that possible? Where did you see this (DirecTV, DISH, Cable)? I've never seen any non-letterboxed 16x9 programs via Satellite, OTA or cable other than HD broadcasts and Fox's 480p 16x9. It would have to be 480i anamorphic because there isn't HD-history channel.
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It really happened at least twice on the History Channel. It wasn't HDTV, just 240i but anamorphic. I have my DirecTV equipment set to 16x9, if that makes a difference. I had to set my 16x9 Toshiba to 'full' to watch correctly.
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My 57 inch Sony Widescreen has a nice alternative to the modes you mentioned. It is called wide zoom and it zooms a little, but not enough to really notice. It does not cut anyones head off like traditional zoom mode. Then it stretches out the picture to fill the rest of the screen, but not enough to make everyone look fat. It looks really good and is almost indistinguishable from the way it is supposed to look.

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