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Local Fox being letterboxed, OTA fine

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#1 OFFLINE   uwhumpty



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Posted 03 February 2009 - 08:34 PM

I am currently watching Fringe on Fox 28 in the Cedar Rapids/Waterloo market, and the DirecTV feed is being letterboxed (black bars on all four sides). I remembered that this happened on last weeks episode as well, and decided to check the OTA feed (which I have had turned off since we got our HD locals). The OTA feed is the full 16:9 HD. Anyone else in this market noticing this?
If I remember correctly, this has only been happening for the last couple of weeks. Who should I contact about this, the local Fox station, or DirecTV?

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#2 OFFLINE   willis134



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Posted 04 February 2009 - 09:06 AM

I have had the same problem. Based on my recordings it started last tuesday (the 27th). Just got off the phone with an engineer at KFXA, He says everything is fine on their end. He has received several calls about it and is working with Directv to fix the problem.

#3 OFFLINE   Wisegoat



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Posted 04 February 2009 - 09:28 AM

The term for black bars on all four sides is commonly called "Windowboxing".
Black bars on the sides is called "Pillar Boxing".
Black bars on the top and bottom is called "Letterboxing".

Just helping you out for future reference. :-)

#4 OFFLINE   HoTat2


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Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:38 PM

If I understand this correctly;

Wouldn't this particular window-box be caused by a letterboxing (for whatever reason, accident or otherwise) someplace likely in DirecTV’s signal chain, of the already 16:9 formatted HD picture from KFXA?

#5 OFFLINE   elaclair


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Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:45 PM

The way you normally get "windowboxing" is when you have 16:9 program broadcast inside a 4:3 signal (causing letterboxing on a 4:3 display) which is being displayed on a 16:9 TV (which causes pillarboxing) so the aggregate appears to be windowboxed.

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