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Lansing, MI WKAR & WHTV HD Screen Format Wrong

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by rcamburn, May 26, 2013.

  1. rcamburn

    rcamburn New Member

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    So, some time this spring these two station's became HD on my service, but the problem is the screen format is wrong.

    They're coming in 16x9 squished to a 4x3 frame, and the "format" button on the remote does nothing on these two channels.

    I've rebooted my Hopper/Joey a couple of times with no change.

    Any Ideas?

    Rick
     
  2. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    That could be what they're sending Dish. 16x9 cakeboxed, or 16x9 compressed horizontally into a 4x3? In theory with the * button and "stretch" you should see a 16x9 picture on the latter and Full Zoom would be full screen on the former.
     
  3. rcamburn

    rcamburn New Member

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    What you say makes perfect sense, the kicker is the * button has absolutely no function on these two channels.
     
  4. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    Maybe your TV's settings are the issue? My parents had a TV with 'Smartfit' that messed that up pretty good.
     
  5. rcamburn

    rcamburn New Member

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    Its not the TV, I can watch all other HD channels on Dish with their screen formats being a proper 16x9, if I change the channel to either of these two, its
    a 16x9 image squeezed into a 4x3 frame. The format button(*) does nothing on these two channels.

    This problem exists on my Hopper & Joey(2 different TVs)
     
  6. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Leapin' Lizard Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    What kind of TV?

    Even if there is a TV or channel problem... and the "*" key can't properly fix it... it should be doing something. IF pressing the "*" doesn't distort the image or zoom it at all, then that seems like a problem too. I suspect your TV to be a problem in this too, however.
     
  7. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

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    It's something in the transmission to Dish and as explained in another post Dish is aware of it. Usually issues like this with locals do get corrected, this started at the end of March so it is taking a long time. Rather than asking the same question in different places I would contact a Dish DIRT member again and see what's going on. It's possible it is out of the control of Dish depending on how the transmissions are received but you should at the least get an explanation.
     
  8. demarcoc

    demarcoc New Member

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    I'm also in the Lansing market, and I have the exact same problem. Reported the issue to customer support about a month ago and no change yet.

    Stumbled across a workaround, though. While the * (Format) button won't work, you can go into Settings > Format TV > HDTV and change the aspect ratio to "4x3#2". This will make those two channels display correctly.

    Of course, that will screw up the aspect ratio on every other channel, so you'll have to change the aspect ratio back to "16x9" when you want to watch some other channel. Kind of a pain in the ass, but at least it works.
     

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