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


5 posts

Wannabe Geek

#20815 6-Apr-2008 18:14
Send private message

Is it just me or does anyone else have this problem

I use SKY to feed my Sony S Series LCD TV

When I watch TV3, UKTV, NatGeo and most others the TV automatically switches to "Full" mode
if I'm watching a program is in widescreen. If the program is in 4:3 it automatically switches back
to "Normal" mode

On TVNZ1, TVNZ2 and Prime I have to switch it manually

Any Ideas why?


Create new topic
4891 posts

Uber Geek


  #121578 6-Apr-2008 18:18
Send private message

My Bravia switches by channel only. IE all 1,2,3 content is sent as 16:9, with pillar-box as part of the picture for 4:3 programmes.

IE if I put it on 3 the TV changes to Full mode, if I switch to MTV, it goes to Normal etc.


5 posts

Wannabe Geek

  #121611 6-Apr-2008 20:01
Send private message

Interesting, Mine works completely differently

If im watching say, UKTV in "Full" mode and a 4:3 advert comes on, the TV switches to "Normal" mode, which it
how I think it should be.

I get the impression  that there must be some sort of code embedded in the signal that  tells the TV to change
screen modes. Is this Correct?

If  so, it seems that  TVNZ  arnt  embedding  the code properly

Anyone else got any thought ?


1709 posts

Uber Geek


  #121619 6-Apr-2008 20:46
Send private message

TV1, TV2 etc are in fixed widescreen mode. Whereas UKTV (as well as the Rugby Channel) change it between 16:9 and 4:3 depending on what show is on, with a 16:9 TV that makes it confusing.

dunno if that answers your question or i'm off on a tangent :)

2907 posts

Uber Geek


  #121634 6-Apr-2008 21:11
Send private message

Sounds possibly like there is rogue VBI data in the TV1 and TV2 feeds on Sky.



Media DevOps Engineer (TV) @ Vodafone
Check out my LPFM Radio Station at cool

2596 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #121640 6-Apr-2008 21:43
Send private message

Midnightcowboy: Interesting, Mine works completely differently

If im watching say, UKTV in "Full" mode and a 4:3 advert comes on, the TV switches to "Normal" mode, which it
how I think it should be.

UKTV is the odd channel out as it is controllled by Sky. TV1, TV2, TV3, C4, Maori, Te Reo, Parliament, Nat Geo, CI all have fulltime fixed 16:9 frames and pillar box 4:3 programs in the 16:9 frame. This is how I think it should be and stops people stretching 4:3 ratio images into fatsovision. TVNZ are into 14:9 zooming 4:3 content to full the screen which is something I consider to be debauchery.

Spark FibreMAX using Mikrotik CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+. UAP, UAP AC Pro, UAP AC Pro Mesh, Apple TV 4, Apple TV 4K, iPad Air 1, iPhone XR, VodaTV Gen 2. If it doesn't move then it's data cabled.

8475 posts

Uber Geek


  #121698 7-Apr-2008 08:49
Send private message

My Sony V series switches fine.  However I have noticed several programs on both TVNZ channels with the small black bar on the rite of the picture that goes when TVNZ graphics come on  or the ads. The left side is OK.. These are 16:9 formated programs..



23675 posts

Uber Geek


  #121853 7-Apr-2008 17:18
Send private message

They seem to put 4:3 stuff zoomed up a bit and off center quite often. No idea why but everythign is still visable so its no big deal.  


Create new topic

News »

Nanoleaf enhances lighting line with launch of Triangles and Mini Triangles
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:18

Synology unveils DS16211+
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:12

Ingram Micro introduces FootfallCam to New Zealand channel
Posted 17-Oct-2020 20:06

Dropbox adopts Virtual First working policy
Posted 17-Oct-2020 19:47

OPPO announces Reno4 Series 5G line-up in NZ
Posted 16-Oct-2020 08:52

Microsoft Highway to a Hundred expands to Asia Pacific
Posted 14-Oct-2020 09:34

Spark turns on 5G in Auckland
Posted 14-Oct-2020 09:29

AMD Launches AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Desktop Processors
Posted 9-Oct-2020 10:13

Teletrac Navman launches integrated multi-camera solution for transport and logistics industry
Posted 8-Oct-2020 10:57

Farmside hits 10,000 RBI customers
Posted 7-Oct-2020 15:32

NordVPN starts deploying colocated servers
Posted 7-Oct-2020 09:00

Google introduces Nest Wifi routers in New Zealand
Posted 7-Oct-2020 05:00

Orcon to bundle Google Nest Wifi router with new accounts
Posted 7-Oct-2020 05:00

Epay and Centrapay partner to create digital gift cards
Posted 2-Oct-2020 17:34

Inseego launches 5G MiFi M2000 mobile hotspot
Posted 2-Oct-2020 14:53

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.