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Topic # 18123 28-Dec-2007 13:29
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I have been staying with my parents in the bay over xmas and they have a 46" Samsung LCD screen. The TV is set in 16:9 mode however it appears that this is simply stretching a 4:3 signal as almost everything looks out of proportion in 16:9, and there is no addional picture at the sides when in 16:9 mode.

They do not have sky so its just the free to air channels. Is this something to do with the way the signal is being broadcast or something?

There are several modes on the TV (16:9, 4:3, Wide Zoom, Zoom or 'Just Scan' but thats only available with HDMI input)

The same happens when watching a DVD. in 4:3 mode the picture looks cropped at the sides, where as in the other modes the picture looks cropped and stretched.

Any advise?

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  Reply # 102044 28-Dec-2007 13:41
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All FTA analog signals are 4:3, always have been since transmission began in 1960 and always will be until shutdown in 2012 or later. 16:9 transmission is only available on digital services. Options: DVB-S mpeg2 satellite decoder to receive TV1, TV2, TV3, C4, Sports Extra and TVNZ 6 in 16:9 or wait for the DVB-T H.264 decoders to become available early in 2008 and receive TV1, TV2 and possibly TV3 in 720p50 + other channels in standard definition (576i) 16:9.

Make sure the DVD player is set for 16:9 output rather than 4:3.



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  Reply # 102045 28-Dec-2007 13:47
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Cheers for that. I was under the impression that FTA analogue was being broadcast in 16:9 which 4:3 TV's simply crop. I have read the info on their websites now and can see this is not the case. Thanks for the info.


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  Reply # 102066 28-Dec-2007 15:00
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Analog TV is 4:3, the broadcasters now operate in 16:9 but the feeds to the analog Txs is ARC'd to 4:3PS before setting on its journey to the Tx, so all you will find exactly what you have found. FreeView either Sat or the upcoming DTT service is what they need.


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