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Topic # 14497 6-Jul-2007 12:43
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Hi,

I have seen press release on both the Freeview and Throng websites so I assume it to be fact.

TVNZ has decided to delay the start date for the broadcast of widescreen on its digital channels.
The confirmed date is Saturday 22 September at midday. This has been decided so it will allow more time for the preparation of widescreen material for broadcast.


Pity, I was looking forward to July 31st.


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  Reply # 77138 6-Jul-2007 13:07
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well that sucks :(

since tv3 switched to widescreen i've been way more inclined (99% more likely) view that channel for news and the like.   if there is nothing specific that I want to watch then tv3 currently get the "default channel" status.




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  Reply # 77146 6-Jul-2007 14:06
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bugger.

Is TVNZ in widescreen on Freeview?

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  Reply # 77156 6-Jul-2007 15:44
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allstarnz: bugger.

Is TVNZ in widescreen on Freeview?


No. When they talk about a delayed launch they mean a delayed launch on the Freeview platform (and then anybody who uses a digital feed such as Sky or TCL.

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  Reply # 77174 6-Jul-2007 17:54
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sbiddle:
allstarnz: bugger.

Is TVNZ in widescreen on Freeview?


No. When they talk about a delayed launch they mean a delayed launch on the Freeview platform (and then anybody who uses a digital feed such as Sky or TCL.



Actually it will affect the analog broadcasts too:  the analog broadcast will switch to 14:9 letterbox.




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  Reply # 77213 7-Jul-2007 08:49
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Here's the release to ad agencies. Note analogue will be 13:9 LB.

TVNZ has decided to delay the start date for the broadcast of widescreen on its digital channels. The confirmed date is Saturday 22 September at midday. It is hoped that this will allow more time for the preparation of widescreen material for broadcast. In the meantime, we are recommending that all new commercials are delivered to TVNZ in 16:9FHA.

16:9 FHA TVCs which are currently received at TVNZ are processed en route to on air broadcast as follows:

PRIOR TO TVNZ COMMENCING WIDESCREEN BROADCAST:

* ARC'd 14:9 letterbox

AFTER TVNZ COMMENCES WIDESCREEN BROADCAST:

* Passed through as 16:9 FHA content to the Digital platforms, whereby;-
- Viewers with widescreen displays will see the TVCs in their entirety,
- Viewers with 4:3 displays and with their STBs set to 16:9 letterbox display format, will see the TVCs in their entirety,
- Viewers with 4:3 displays and with their STBs set to 4:3(centre cut) will see the TVCs with the sides removed; including the edges of 14:9 safe graphics titles

* ARC'd 13:9 letterbox to the Analogue distribution network, whereby:
- Analogue viewers with 4:3 displays 14:9 safe areas information. (NOTE 13:9 letterbox displays both the 14:9 action
safe and the 14:9 title safe data).
- Analogue viewers with widescreen displays will adjust their displays to view the received image in the same way that they view a standard 4:3 image, (in other words - to individual taste.)

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  Reply # 77684 10-Jul-2007 22:41
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And it probably took a committee of 17 to come to that decision !



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