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On Demand in SD, zoomed in!?!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by mystic7, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. Apr 7, 2013 #1 of 12
    mystic7

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    I went to check out an On Demand episode of the most recent Big Bang Theory episode. To my surprise, shock, utter disgust, and despair (ok, not really) I noticed that the show was not only the SD 4:3 version but was zoomed in to fill the screen.

    Am I missing a setting somewhere to view only HD versions of On Demand shows?
     
  2. Apr 7, 2013 #2 of 12
    peds48

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    Are downloading from CBS? If so, IIRC, CBS has all of its shows on SD only and it looks like your TV is set up to stretch SD content or your receiver is set to crop
     
  3. Apr 7, 2013 #3 of 12
    Mike Bertelson

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    On demand is what it is. If there is an HD version it will show but you can't setup to hide SD duplicates like you can in the guide.

    If it's in SD just hit the Format button until you get the format you want.

    Mike
     
  4. Apr 7, 2013 #4 of 12
    mystic7

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    oh man, that is sooooo lame!

    No, I have my tv and receiver set to Original Aspect ratio, and no zoom. Wow that's disappointing. It's like Directv still thinks there are enough people out there with 4:3 CRT's to warrant placing their needs above us special people. Unheard of! Oh well...
     
  5. Apr 7, 2013 #5 of 12
    veryoldschool

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    "Well there's your problem"
    Your TV is stretching the 4:3 signal.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2013 #6 of 12
    Mike Bertelson

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    I'm fairly certain DIRECTV knows how many of their customers have SD and they'd probably want to keep them as customers...I'm just sayin' :grin:

    Mike
     
  7. Apr 7, 2013 #7 of 12
    dishinitout

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    The major networks intentionally put on demand in SD or insert commercials that can't be fast forwarded in order to steer you away from on demand and to the regular broadcast where their ratings are based off and thus higher ad revenues. It's all about the ad $. They would rather you record it off the original broadcast so it counts as a viewer than the on demand, even though through the recording you can easily skip the commercials.
     
  8. Apr 7, 2013 #8 of 12
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    ~Concur~
     
  9. Apr 7, 2013 #9 of 12
    peds48

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    DirecTV has no control on how the networks "publishes" their On Demand. DirecTV is just the "messenger" or middle men
     
  10. Volatility

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    +1 I wish more customers realized this.
     
  11. mystic7

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    Time Warner Cable offered both SD and HD choices. Just sayin' as well :eek2:
     
  12. mystic7

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    Please realize that when I make over the top elitist remarks like that I'm being facetious :D
     

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