Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




1795 posts

Uber Geek


# 17804 12-Dec-2007 15:32
Send private message

On one midday news they showed highlights from previous nights cricket game in widescreen so the game is sourced in widescreen from channel 9. People pay sky to watch sports and then get the sides chopped off on sky.

Netball nz games were also widescreen free to air, yet people that pay to watch on sky get sides chopped off (Just less adds, but still see less picture in the game.)

Also I'm using 16x9 zoom more and more as Getting bars on all sides of pictures in programs on other channels, like beyond tomorrow on discovery, it would be a lot less messy if they'll shown in widescreen in the first place.

Is there a technical issue with widescreen, or is it just that sky thinks the pay for television market can't handle it like the free to air market?

I wished free to air would get the sci fi programs rather then prime and sky 1 as I would rather watch them in full wide screen.


Create new topic
22529 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 99622 12-Dec-2007 15:42
Send private message

apparantly it takes a whole new facility to do widescreen, which is strange since I would think it would take more effort to crop the sides off material then to play it out as they get it.




Richard rich.ms

6976 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 99648 12-Dec-2007 18:32
Send private message

I understand that they are in the process of upgrading the Mt Wellington facility as we type to handle 16:9 (as well as HD). What I do find strange is that the Albany facility where Prime is played out (as well as some feed through channels that are soured/shared with Foxtel like Discovery) have already been updated, yet Prime is still not 16:9.

They do seem to have dragged the chain on this one.

Cyril

 
 
 
 


1 post

Wannabe Geek


  # 101708 24-Dec-2007 20:29
Send private message

cyril7: I understand that they are in the process of upgrading the Mt Wellington facility as we type to handle 16:9 (as well as HD). What I do find strange is that the Albany facility where Prime is played out (as well as some feed through channels that are soured/shared with Foxtel like Discovery) have already been updated, yet Prime is still not 16:9.

They do seem to have dragged the chain on this one.

Cyril


Yes, Mt Welllington is in the middle of a major upgrade. Their studio shows are run from an OB van in the carpark thrus the varying quality of some shows (Crowd Goes Wild suffered from very poor picture quality for a while)

16:9 depends on the wide screen signaling held within the PAL system. Line 23 is used for signaling widescreen. Basically your TV (providing it's something nice and new and widescreen) reads this line and decides if the picture is intended to be widescreen or 4:3.

The problem is what I would informally call the 'switching speed' of TVs. Most will go black for a second or so while they swap their aspect from standard to wide. If you were to have a show that had both standard and wide signalled clips you would have holes in the show as the TV adjusts for this.

The dilemma at the moment is the whole HD thing. Does one put all the effort into setting up a channel in widescreen, spend a whole ton of money on ARCs to pillar box all the 4:3 shows, then throw all that gear and effort out as soon as the HD gear is implimented?

Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Arlo unveils its first video doorbell
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:27


New Zealand students shortlisted for James Dyson Award
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:18


Norton LifeLock Launches Norton 360
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:11


Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards results
Posted 18-Oct-2019 10:18


Logitech introduces new Made for Google keyboard and mouse devices
Posted 16-Oct-2019 13:36


MATTR launches to accelerate decentralised identity
Posted 16-Oct-2019 10:28


Vodafone X-Squad powers up for customers
Posted 16-Oct-2019 08:15


D Link ANZ launches EXO Smart Mesh Wi Fi Routers with McAfee protection
Posted 15-Oct-2019 11:31


Major Japanese retailer partners with smart New Zealand technology IMAGR
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:29


Ola pioneers one-time passcode feature to fight rideshare fraud
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:24


Spark Sport new home of NZC matches from 2020
Posted 10-Oct-2019 09:59


Meet Nola, Noel Leeming's new digital employee
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:07


Registrations for Sprout Accelerator open for 2020 season
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:02


Teletrac Navman welcomes AI tech leader Jens Meggers as new President
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:41


Vodafone makes voice of 4G (VoLTE) official
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:36



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.