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Topic # 29097 23-Dec-2008 12:38
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Is there a definitive list of Sky channels which have gone widescreen?

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  Reply # 185830 23-Dec-2008 15:25
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I second this question, I`m also wondering about this. As far as I can tell, it`s only the movie channels and the Rugby Channel, and maybe the rare occasional program on some other channels. Unfortunately the Sports channels are not Widescreen. Apart from the Rugby channel, but who the hell watches that.




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  Reply # 185831 23-Dec-2008 15:28
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The Sports channels are widescreen (at least Sky Sport 1 is), and so is UKTV.  But I'd like a definitive list...

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  Reply # 185832 23-Dec-2008 15:40
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Satch: The Sports channels are widescreen (at least Sky Sport 1 is), and so is UKTV.  But I'd like a definitive list...


The Wikipedia page isn't definitieve, but is usually well maintained

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SKY_Network_Television




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  Reply # 185833 23-Dec-2008 15:41
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The current widescreen channels on SKY are:

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TV ONE
TV2
TV3
Prime
the BOX
UKTV
Vibe
C4
Maori Television
SKY Movies
SKY Movies 2
SKY Movies Greats

MGM

Rialto Channel

SKY Sport 1

SKY Sport 2

SKY Sport 3

SKY Sport Highlights

Trackside

The Rugby Channel

Te Reo

ci

National Geographic

Parliament TV

The Country Channel

SKY Box Office Events

SKY Box Office Movies




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  Reply # 185834 23-Dec-2008 15:42
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openmedia: The Wikipedia page isn't definitieve, but is usually well maintained

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SKY_Network_Television



Cheers!  Will check it out now.

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  Reply # 185837 23-Dec-2008 16:19
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Hmmmm very strange... When I browse the SKY channels and the program guide, on the Rugby Channel and the Movie channels there`s a (WS) sign. But not with the other channels. What does WS stand for, if not WideScreen?




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Reply # 186074 25-Dec-2008 15:13
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Don’t know how many homes with sky I have been too and found they have a new 16:9 TV and the sky box is still set to 4:3 centre cut. Should be plainly obvious what channels are wide screen. If you actually have to ask you don't have sky or your set up is wrong. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the difference! 

 


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  Reply # 186078 25-Dec-2008 16:41
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andrewcnz: Don’t know how many homes with sky I have been too and found they have a new 16:9 TV and the sky box is still set to 4:3 centre cut. Should be plainly obvious what channels are wide screen. If you actually have to ask you don't have sky or your set up is wrong. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the difference! 

 



In 99% of these cases it's because people think something is "broken" if the picture doesn't fill the screen.

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  Reply # 186091 25-Dec-2008 20:44
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attilathegorilla: Hmmmm very strange... When I browse the SKY channels and the program guide, on the Rugby Channel and the Movie channels there`s a (WS) sign. But not with the other channels. What does WS stand for, if not WideScreen?


In the guide WS indicates that particular program is recorded/broadcast in widescreen itself, ie it will fill the full screen rather than 4:3 letterboxed on what is normally a widescreen channel.

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  Reply # 186096 25-Dec-2008 21:52
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attilathegorilla: Hmmmm very strange... When I browse the SKY channels and the program guide, on the Rugby Channel and the Movie channels there`s a (WS) sign. But not with the other channels. What does WS stand for, if not WideScreen?


In the guide WS indicates that particular program is recorded/broadcast in widescreen itself, ie it will fill the full screen rather than 4:3 letterboxed on what is normally a widescreen channel.



Are u implying that when there`s no WS sign, then the broadcast is not native widescreen, and therefore filling a widescreen tv will only `stretch` the original 4:3 image? I`m getting most channels to fill my 16:9 monitor and the picture doesn`t look stretched, even when there`s no WS sign in the program guide. Maybe WS in the guide means that`s it`s even wider than 16:9?




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  Reply # 186115 26-Dec-2008 07:05
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I think the WS in the guide is placed there or not by Sky guide staff that wouldnt know what a widescreen image looked like if it came a bit them on the bum. It seems to me that 90% of material broadcast on the WS channels as listed above is infact WS, ignore the guide detail.

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  Reply # 186150 26-Dec-2008 13:02
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andrewcnz: Don’t know how many homes with sky I have been too and found they have a new 16:9 TV and the sky box is still set to 4:3 centre cut. Should be plainly obvious what channels are wide screen. If you actually have to ask you don't have sky or your set up is wrong. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the difference! 

 



Wow andrewcnz, you're one of the more helpful fellows on here.  Must make you feel good to belittle people behind the safety of your internet connection!

The reason I am asking is because I'm not actually using the Sky STB to decode my signal.  I'm decoding it directly in my HTPC (legally, before you jump on that too), and am not trusting of VMC's settings when it comes to aspect ratios.

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  Reply # 186205 26-Dec-2008 21:30
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Satch:
andrewcnz: Don’t know how many homes with sky I have been too and found they have a new 16:9 TV and the sky box is still set to 4:3 centre cut. Should be plainly obvious what channels are wide screen. If you actually have to ask you don't have sky or your set up is wrong. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the difference! 

 



Wow andrewcnz, you're one of the more helpful fellows on here.  Must make you feel good to belittle people behind the safety of your internet connection!

The reason I am asking is because I'm not actually using the Sky STB to decode my signal.  I'm decoding it directly in my HTPC (legally, before you jump on that too), and am not trusting of VMC's settings when it comes to aspect ratios.


 

Maybe did not get the Christmas gift I wanted...

 Just with a correctly set up sky installation a widescreen channel fills the 16:9 screen (This is program dependent I might add) and a 4:3 channel does not. Sky does flag the 16:9 channels. Perhaps by stating you are decoding the sky signal with non standard equipment (not just a sky box and a TV set) and need to confirm the aspect of the received channels. I may not have ranted on as much. Just have read about and run into way too many people who believe that wide screen is a picture stretched or zoomed in to fill the whole 16:9 screen. Have a nice Christmas and have fun with your VMC.  


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  Reply # 186208 26-Dec-2008 21:52
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Are Sky transmitting all channels in fulltime 16:9 frames now regardless of the content? Or are there still AR changes occuring between shows?

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  Reply # 186248 27-Dec-2008 10:18
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They are transmitting the entire channel in 16x9. Any aspect ratio conversion gets done prior to transmission.

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