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I have now officially seen the STUPIDEST thing ever...

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SledgeHammer, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. SledgeHammer

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    I'm watching the Military Channel. On DirecTV, its a letter boxed 16:9 pillared into a 4:3 which is letter boxed into another 16:9. This program I was watching had some old footage from the cold war era... yup, you guessed it... a 4:3 pillared into a letter boxed 16:9 pillared into a 4:3 and letter boxed into another 16:9.
     

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  2. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    As stupid things go, I'm not sure this is the worst.

    I too watch the military channel, so see the same thing.

    In some sense it's good that they're starting to create HD programing.

    The downside is DirecTV doesn't yet carry this channel in HD.
     
  3. Hoosier205

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    It's called windowboxing and is the choice of the channel owner, not the service provider.
     
  4. Nick

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    The...
    Apparently, you haven't watched "Dance Moms", yet.
     
  5. tonyd79

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    Or Honey Boo Boo Thanksgiving.
     
  6. jimmie57

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    That film was possibly a very low resolution back then and the picture would be terribly grainy if it were to fit the full screen.
     
  7. fluffybear

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    Peachtree...
    how about 'ALL MY BABIES MAMAS"?
     
  8. ZandarKoad

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    Try explaining that to a customer who just got activated...

    "Why isn't the picture full screen?"
    "Well, you see..."
     
  9. BattleZone

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    BT,DT well over 100 times. LOL. And that's just counting customers who made a specific issue about it.
     
  10. SledgeHammer

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    That's all fine and dandy, but if your channel is only available in 4:3, don't be a douche and shoot your crap in 16:9. When you get a broadcast slot in 16:9, then start doing that and pillar the 4:3 content ONCE. No need to have 73 borders nested inside of each other.

    Honestly, I think I would have had a bigger picture on my old 27" Sony CRT.
     
  11. acostapimps

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    Amen, now i'm gonna have nightmares
     
  12. narrod

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    You've had a charmed life is this is the stupidest thing you've ever seen.
     
  13. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    What you're asking is to have it cropped back to 4:3.
    Don't you have this option under format?
    My Sony XBR will zoom the 16:9 frame to fit the display size.
     
  14. hdtvfan0001

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    Explaining is easy...call the folks who originate the channel, not the carrier who simply shows it the way they get it.
     
  15. ZandarKoad

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    I've had customers balk and question the picture quality when a 1080 HD movie on HBO just happens to be showing an intentionally grainy live news feed or fuzzy security camera footage... Some people just can't tell the difference between reality and fantasy any more. :nono:
     
  16. acostapimps

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    Wow that's just sad
     
  17. armophob

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    I had to use zoom on my tv to watch the first several seasons of SG1 on SCiFi for the same reason.
     
  18. Iceman0803

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    Or anything having to do with the Kardashians...
     
  19. Mike_TV

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    I'm amazed that companies, who pay for advertising, don't want to use the full real estate of an HDTV and still continue to produce standard definition commercials. You would think that since you are paying for a the screen time you would want to use all of it?
     
  20. MysteryMan

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    Perhaps it's less costly for them to do it that way.
     

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