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Why can't the McLaughlin Group get its formatting together?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Marcus Welby, May 15, 2013.

  1. Marcus Welby

    Marcus Welby Cool Member

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    I don't know if it's the local PBS station (WTTW Chicago) that's having all the problems or if it's the feed that they get it from, but why oh why can't I view the McLaughlin Group in a proper format? That show seems to be the single holdout when it comes to converting to the 21st century. One week, it's letterboxed AND pillarboxed (stamp-o-vision). The next week it's full 16:9 but stretched. Two weeks ago it was 16:9 but cropped top and bottom. This past week it was letterboxed but stretched to the sides. I mean it's literally different every week! All I want is a standard 4:3 picture with pillarboxes. Is that so hard? It's like that fiasco that the History Channel had a couple of years ago with all the formatting problems. Who's to blame for this?
     
  2. gov

    gov Legend

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    A subsidiary gripe:

    if a show has black bars on all four sides, and is actually 16:9, just smaller, there should be a setting on my TV that will blow it up perfectly to fit the screen.


    (yeah, I've got a plasma)


    :righton:
     
  3. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

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    Crop setting on the Genie is what I use when watching "stamp-o-vision" on EWTN.
     
  4. tsmacro

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    The "zoom" setting on the Dish receiver seems to do the trick for that.
     

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