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Non-HDTV programming on a HDTV OTA channel
Posted 27 April 2005 - 11:34 AM
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Posted 27 April 2005 - 11:37 AM
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Posted 27 April 2005 - 12:18 PM
Posted 27 April 2005 - 01:57 PM
Can someone please tell me what is shown on a HD OTA channel when HD programming isn't airing? Does the network pass the analog feed thru, is it just a blank screen, or does the network broadcast SD programming in digital? If it's in digital, how's the video quality?
Depends on your local affiliates. Around here, for instance... we have channels that broadcast multiple digital channels, as subchannels.
So, on 50.1 they will be showing SD that is upconverted to HD broadcast in 16:9 with built-in black or grey bars when they don't have an HD feed available for the program... and on 50.2 they will be broadcasting digital SD in 4:3 and you get to decide about bars vs stretching.
We have one channel where it is always HD, they upconvert everything... and I have one straggler channel still (UPN) that always broadcasts SD 4:3 even when there is HD available.