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Old 2012-08-14, 09:53 PM
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Do you watch your flat screen in letter box or full screen mode?

I have bell TV HD programming but find the picture looks a little stretched vertically in full screen mode.
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I have my Rogers box set to normal mode but when it's an HD channel, it automatically adjusts itself to full screen mode.
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I watch whatever it is in it's original aspect ratio.
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It could also be the setting in your TV and not in the PVR.
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I watch whatever it is in it's original aspect ratio.
Is all HD programming broadcast in 16x9?
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It could also be the setting in your TV and not in the PVR.
I have the PVR set to 4x3#2 and watch in letterbox but when I switch the PVR to 16x9, to me, it looks stretched vertically.
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I just keep everything set at 16:9. when a show is 4:3 it shows it as 4:3 because rogers adds the black bars on the left and right. I think everything is broadcast in 16:9 ratio these days and for those SD channels they add the black bars. i could be wrong
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Old 2012-08-15, 01:23 PM
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This is the way I had to explain it to clients when HD started coming about..

In order to get high definition you need:

1) An HD capable TV
2) A digital box capable of supplying an HD signal to the TV, with the appropriate cabling
3) A cable company transmitting an HD channel
4) The originating TV network broadcasting in HD
5) The originating content actually shot in HD

You may be watching an HD channel broadcast in 16:9, however the content may have been created at 4:3, or even 2.35:1 for movies.
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I watch whatever it is in it's original aspect ratio.
+1

Cropping is akin to cutting a artist's painting to fit a certain frame you have.

Stretching to fit your TV or screen doesn't make any sense either. Everything looks wrong.

People need to get used to the fact that different content comes in different aspect ratios from 1.33:1 all the way up to 2.80:1 (give or take). What ratio is chosen is the director's and DP's intent and shouldn't be changed.

Whether something is HD or not has nothing to do with aspect ratio.

If you want to get *really* correct, you need to follow SMPTE standards and go constant height (like they do in the movie theaters) where the side curtains move left and right to mask the edges so that any ratio can be done but the height of the image always stays the same. This requires a screen and projector (and deep pockets unless you want to do DIY or non-motorized) however. You can't do this with a direct view TV.

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