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Topic # 15306 15-Aug-2007 00:09
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Heard this on the news this evening... found on Scoop, can be found on TVNZ website too.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0708/S00173.htm





TVNZ Digital Broadcasts go Widescreen


Tuesday, 14 August 2007, 4:56 pm
Press Release: Television New Zealand

TVNZ will "go widescreen" on all digital services from September 22.

This means television programmes that are made in widescreen will be broadcast by TVNZ in the 16:9 widescreen format on the satellite versions of TV ONE and TV2, as well as on TVNZ Sports Extra and the soon-to-be launched TVNZ6 and TVNZ7, available via the Freeview platform.

TVNZ is following a world-wide trend towards more programme content produced and broadcast in this format. As with the cinematic experience, viewers find the wider aspect ratio more pleasing to the eye.

TVNZ is now commissioning all new content in this format and it is expected that by 2008 most prime-time programmes will be broadcast on both TV ONE and TV2 in 16:9.

Through the recently-launched Freeview platform, New Zealand viewers can enjoy many of their favourite TVNZ programmes in high quality digital video; now, if they have already purchased and installed a satellite set-top-box, full 16:9 widescreen is available for free.

A widescreen (16:9) television or flat panel display is required to see the full image, but viewers with conventional 4:3 televisions can set their set-top-box to display either a 16:9 "letterbox" or a full height "centre cut-out" picture.

To find out more about Freeview and digital reception, go to www.freeviewnz.tv . Look for widescreen information at www.tvnz.co.nz keyword 'widescreen'.






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  Reply # 82453 15-Aug-2007 08:59
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Woohoo! Now I can watch shortland st in full 16:9 glory :D



 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 82466 15-Aug-2007 10:50
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Heh, this is the pre-release re-hyping.


Freeview have announced that TV1 & TV2 will be broadcast in widescreen exclusively on Freeview from August 2007.


Was announced (Or rumoured) some time ago. I got my decoder a couple of weeks ago expecting lots of replays of V8s etc. Sadly its been 'coming soon' screens for the past 2 weeks. This weekend however will be motorhead heaven.

Heres hoping they do the 16:9/4:3 scaling signal properly, unlike CH3

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  Reply # 82469 15-Aug-2007 11:01
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Oblivian: Heh, this is the pre-release re-hyping.


Freeview have announced that TV1 & TV2 will be broadcast in widescreen exclusively on Freeview from August 2007.


Was announced (Or rumoured) some time ago. I got my decoder a couple of weeks ago expecting lots of replays of V8s etc. Sadly its been 'coming soon' screens for the past 2 weeks. This weekend however will be motorhead heaven.

Heres hoping they do the 16:9/4:3 scaling signal properly, unlike CH3


AUgust was the initial date which has now been pushed back.

Whether TV3/C4 are doing things right or wrong is very much up for debate. They are doing what a lot of other overseas networks are doing and whatever method you choose is going to cause debate.


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  Reply # 82486 15-Aug-2007 12:59
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If you are refering to the pillarboxed 4:3 material on TV3, then sorry but TVNZ will be doing the very same. They have however delayed their 16:9 launch from 1July to 22Sept to lineup as much 16:9 source material as possible so to reduce viewer reaction.

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  Reply # 82490 15-Aug-2007 13:14
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This is so june...

From freeviewshop:

21 June 2007

TVNZ have confirmed the launch date for the start of widescreen broadcast.

 

The TV One and TV2 will be in widescreen from Saturday 22 September at midday. TVNZ is busy with preparation of widescreen material for broadcast.





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  Reply # 82509 15-Aug-2007 14:59
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Oblivian: Heh, this is the pre-release re-hyping.
Was announced (Or rumoured) some time ago. I got my decoder a couple of weeks ago expecting lots of replays of V8s etc. Sadly its been 'coming soon' screens for the past 2 weeks. This weekend however will be motorhead heaven.

Heres hoping they do the 16:9/4:3 scaling signal properly, unlike CH3


All content that can be sourced in 16:9 for TVNZ Sports Extra is broadcast in widescreen.  The V8 Supercars are I understand.

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  Reply # 82535 15-Aug-2007 17:45
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Good spotting sbiddle. I'm blind and didn't notice the 'august' date in that paste I made. A month delay it is, The brain did click to be at same time as the other channel coming on but didn't process it.

I too monitor av1.co.nz (where my paste was from), freeviewshop for updates. Got it wrong in this case.. Ill go sit in the corner again.


 If you are refering to the pillarboxed 4:3 material on TV3, then sorry but TVNZ will be doing the very same.


Yep that issue. Its not too much of a bother now I have an LCD, but on the 14" 4:3 panel in the mobile home its rather depressing, Like watching a postage stamp on a projector screen.

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