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ESPN2 in Widescreen?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by bluegras, Mar 29, 2011.

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  1. bluegras

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    i wanted to know what happened with ESPN2 in widescreen now its back to fullscreen?
     
  2. tonyd79

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    You mean the SD channel? Not many of us watching that so not sure you will get an answer.
     
  3. bluegras

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    espn is in widescreen and a little while ago espn2 was broadcasting in wideaxreen?does anyone on here have HD and can you look on espn2 if it is widescreen.
     
  4. Rob

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    A soccer match is on now and it is in widescreen.
     
  5. bluegras

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    does anyone have espnnewsHD can you tell me if it is in Widescreen?
     
  6. Kevin F

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    Yes espnews is indeed in HD and it's also in widescreen. Just confirmed it.
     
  7. Scott Kocourek

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    Let's get back to topic.

    Discuss the topic, not each other.
     
  8. Jeremy W

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    ESPN is transitioning their big three channels to 16:9 widescreen. Most cable companies have already switched their SD channels over to the new format, I don't know why DirecTV is lagging.
     
  9. tonyd79

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    Right now, on Fios, only ESPN2 is in letterbox but not really. PTI is on and the PTI program is sort of letteboxed but slightly shifted down and the ESPN2 ticker is at the full bottom.

    BTW, it looks the same on DirecTV on the SD channel.

    Maybe DirecTV is not lagging....
     
  10. Jeremy W

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    When I say letterbox, I mean fully letterbox. Including the BottomLine.
    They are. And apparently so is FiOS.
     
  11. tonyd79

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    Based on what? It looks like it is not working. How would they not put on what ESPN gives them?
     
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    ESPN is still maintaining an SD feed in addition to their HD feed. Directv is using the SD feed. Some cable companies, such as Comcast, have started downconverting the HD feed and letterboxing it for the SD channel. Because some cable companies are using the HD signal as a source for SD, ESPN removed the "HD" label from their HD channels.
     
  13. Jeremy W

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    Yes, when ESPN removed the "HD" label on the BottomLine, they wanted providers to start using the downconverted HD feed. Most providers have made the switch. The SD feed will be going away.
     
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    I think what Tony meant is if ESPN is letterboxing the SD versions of their big three channels (ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNnews) nowadays as Jeremy stated earlier, then why don't DirecTV and FiOS simply pass those letterboxed versions onto their system?

    Unless ESPN is still not sending them in letterbox form, or a least not consistently so. Otherwise the only thing I can figure is that DirecTV and FiOS are ignoring the letterboxed SD feeds from ESPN, and down-rezzing and center-cutting the HD ones.
     
  15. Jeremy W

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    ESPN's old dedicated SD feeds are not letterboxed, and will not be letterboxed as far as I know. They're going away soon.
    The letterboxed SD is output by the new receiver for ESPN's HD feeds. DirecTV and FiOS are simply still using the old dedicated SD feed instead of the new feed out of the HD receiver.
     

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