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# 20815 6-Apr-2008 18:14
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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?


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  # 121578 6-Apr-2008 18:18
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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.

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  # 121611 6-Apr-2008 20:01
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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 ?


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  # 121619 6-Apr-2008 20:46
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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 :)

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  # 121634 6-Apr-2008 21:11
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Sounds possibly like there is rogue VBI data in the TV1 and TV2 feeds on Sky.

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  # 121640 6-Apr-2008 21:43
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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.



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  # 121698 7-Apr-2008 08:49
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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..



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  # 121853 7-Apr-2008 17:18
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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.  


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