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.


39 posts

Geek


Topic # 57855 26-Feb-2010 20:13
Send private message

I'm sure some of you have noticed but ...

The History channel on Channel 73 will go widescreen from Monday 1st March 2010. (Any 4x3 programmes will appear pillar-boxed).

Good job TCL, or should I say sky.

Maybe one day every channel will be widescreen!

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
2611 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 360

Trusted

  Reply # 302570 26-Feb-2010 20:20
Send private message

Hopefully Discovery Channel sometime

1677 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 7

Trusted

  Reply # 302705 27-Feb-2010 14:19
Send private message

and I see in this months Sky Guide that the NRL on Nine will be in HD this season   Cool

1299 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 201


  Reply # 304367 4-Mar-2010 12:49
Send private message

History channel doesn't look wide screen to me. Have bars all 4 sides of picture. Now march 4th. I'm on sky, maybe they forgot to push the button. Hows it on Telstra?

2661 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 222

Trusted

  Reply # 304378 4-Mar-2010 13:02
Send private message

rugrat: History channel doesn't look wide screen to me. Have bars all 4 sides of picture. Now march 4th. I'm on sky, maybe they forgot to push the button. Hows it on Telstra?


That's because you're watching on a 4:3 TV with your Sky box set to 4:3 Letterbox.

On widescreen there is black bars on the left and right hand side of the screen for old 4:3 content.

The channel is broadcast full time in 16:9 so any old content (4:3) will be adapted to fit this.  It's the same scenario on TV1, TV2 and TV3 on Sky with old 4:3 content.

It's the same on TelstraClear.  Sky channels are simply passed through.





Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool


1299 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 201


  Reply # 304382 4-Mar-2010 13:09
Send private message

I'm on a wide screen TV and watching with mysky decoder. It is the only widescreen channel doing this . It is also connected through HDMI. Other channels full up screen when wide screen program on.

2661 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 222

Trusted

  Reply # 304389 4-Mar-2010 13:24
Send private message

rugrat: I'm on a wide screen TV and watching with mysky decoder. It is the only widescreen channel doing this . It is also connected through HDMI. Other channels full up screen when wide screen program on.


OK, I'm seeing it now on programme "How The Earth Was Made".

This looks like ..



  • Programme was originally 16:9

  • Has been converted and encoded into their system as 4:3 Letterbox

  • Is being broadcast as 16:9


I have some contacts at Sky so will chase it up with them.




Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool


1299 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 201


  Reply # 304391 4-Mar-2010 13:32
Send private message

Thanks. Also if I press setup on remote I can change to pillar box and full screen and 14:9. On full time wide screen channels it is greyed out and not able to be changed. From this I'd conclude they forgot to turn the wide screen code on in the signal.

2661 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 222

Trusted

  Reply # 304400 4-Mar-2010 13:50
Send private message

rugrat: Thanks. Also if I press setup on remote I can change to pillar box and full screen and 14:9. On full time wide screen channels it is greyed out and not able to be changed. From this I'd conclude they forgot to turn the wide screen code on in the signal.


You can't change that on 16:9 channels I've found.  It is only available on 4:3 Channels (handy to stretch out those Discovery programmes broadcast in 4:3 Letterbox).




Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool


7 posts

Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 304401 4-Mar-2010 13:51
Send private message

I emailed Sky a few days ago about this. Got this reply:

Due to operational reasons the overseas originator has advised they need to postpone the change for one week, so this now due take place on Monday 8th March at 4.30am.

So I guess it's wait and see.

2584 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 304435 4-Mar-2010 15:21
Send private message

I do wish they would get Discovery done.. seems it is being left till last but is one channel that would realy benifit from being in widescreen







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

7828 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 782

Subscriber

  Reply # 304521 4-Mar-2010 19:20
Send private message

Nety: I do wish they would get Discovery done.. seems it is being left till last but is one channel that would realy benifit from being in widescreen



I wish they'd go HD on these channels as well..




Regards,

Old3eyes


2661 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 222

Trusted

  Reply # 304540 4-Mar-2010 19:57
Send private message

Nety: I do wish they would get Discovery done.. seems it is being left till last but is one channel that would realy benifit from being in widescreen


Voice your frustration to Discovery Networks... I have. :)




Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool


6190 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 250

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 304559 4-Mar-2010 20:21
Send private message

2010 and we still have 4:3 on these networks, I am a Sky direct customer by the way but the results are the same.

Our TV sits on the living channel a lot, (not me watching it) and its always screwed-o-vision. Why cannot Living and FoodTV get their stuff sorted. I was in Aus recently and noted that the two Foxtel networks that carry the same source material as the two noted above seem to get the AR correct, lets get with the program!!!!

Zolly, if you can talk to your contacts maybe you can convince them to put pressue on these channels to sort this. I have spoken to Living Channel a couple of times but all I get is blithering idots!!!

Cyril

2661 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 222

Trusted

  Reply # 304562 4-Mar-2010 20:31
Send private message

cyril7: 2010 and we still have 4:3 on these networks, I am a Sky direct customer by the way but the results are the same.

Our TV sits on the living channel a lot, (not me watching it) and its always screwed-o-vision. Why cannot Living and FoodTV get their stuff sorted. I was in Aus recently and noted that the two Foxtel networks that carry the same source material as the two noted above seem to get the AR correct, lets get with the program!!!!

Zolly, if you can talk to your contacts maybe you can convince them to put pressue on these channels to sort this. I have spoken to Living Channel a couple of times but all I get is blithering idots!!!

Cyril


I've quizzed a contact today over Food TV and Living Channel.  Don't worry, the aspect ratios drive me nuts too.




Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool


1677 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 7

Trusted

  Reply # 304689 5-Mar-2010 09:51
Send private message

it's odd the new Sky Pace boxes don't have an option like 'always 16:9' (which most Dreamboxes have). This means that channels like Sky Sport will be proper widescreen, while other channels like ESPN will have the pillar box on them. That will work for all outputs. As long as the broadcaster sends the AR flag, it works perfectly.

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

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 »

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central launches
Posted 10-Jul-2018 10:40


Spark completes first milestone in voice platform upgrade
Posted 10-Jul-2018 09:36


Microsoft ices heated developers
Posted 6-Jul-2018 20:16


PB Technologies charged for its extended warranties and warned for bait advertising
Posted 3-Jul-2018 15:45


Almost 20,000 people claim credits from Spark
Posted 29-Jun-2018 10:40


Cove sells NZ's first insurance policy via chatbot
Posted 25-Jun-2018 10:04


N4L helping TAKA Trust bridge the digital divide for Lower Hutt students
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:08


Winners Announced for 2018 CIO Awards
Posted 18-Jun-2018 13:03


Logitech Rally sets new standard for USB-connected video conference cameras
Posted 18-Jun-2018 09:27


Russell Stanners steps down as Vodafone NZ CEO
Posted 12-Jun-2018 09:13


Intergen recognised as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for New Zealand
Posted 12-Jun-2018 08:00


Finalists Announced For Microsoft NZ Partner Awards
Posted 6-Jun-2018 15:12


Vocus Group and Vodafone announce joint venture to accelerate fibre innovation
Posted 5-Jun-2018 10:52


Kogan.com to launch Kogan Mobile in New Zealand
Posted 4-Jun-2018 14:34


Enable doubles fibre broadband speeds for its most popular wholesale service in Christchurch
Posted 2-Jun-2018 20:07



Geekzone Live »

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



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.