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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

    Apr 8, 2007
    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

    Jan 11, 2013
    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)

  3. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    Crop setting on the Genie is what I use when watching "stamp-o-vision" on EWTN.
  4. tsmacro

    tsmacro Hall Of Fame

    Apr 28, 2005
    The "zoom" setting on the Dish receiver seems to do the trick for that.

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