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Posted 16 September 2002 - 09:53 AM
Do I have to buy a certain receiver and dish (direct tv) to get all or any channels in the 16:9 format (hdtv not required but definitely a plus) or is this just wishful thinking?
I currently just have a roof antennae and I need more channels soon. But I really love the fact that all my local channels send out a digital signal and almost all of them send them out in a 16:9 format. How do I retain this status with direct tv?
Posted 16 September 2002 - 12:24 PM
Only true HD programs are really in a 16:9 format. Even the widescreen "letterboxed" shows you see on D* will show up as widescreen in a 4:3 box on your HD set. Then you either have to use the receivers stretch and zoom or watch a pathetically small letterboxed image.
As far as HD from D*, you do need an HD tuner. I'm a E* sub so I can't help you there. D* has HBO, Showtime and HDNET available in HD. Hopefully they will carry the 3 new HDNET channels that are coming out the end of this year.
Posted 17 September 2002 - 06:39 AM
Posted 17 September 2002 - 09:27 AM
For other channels I use stretch mode to stretch the 4:3 image to cover the screen. Another alternative is when you are watching a letterbox movie (SciFI does a lot of shows and movies in widescreen even though they broadcast in 4:3 by putting black bars on the top and bottom) is to use the zoom function to zoom the image up and have the black bars off the screen.
The only problem I have with zoom and stretch is that they seem to highlight many of the compression artifacts of the non HDTV channels.