Why does the screen look “stretched” when I watch TBS in HD?
In an effort to present a consistent broadcast, we have decided to maintain the same aspect ratio for all HD programming. An unfortunate consequence of this is that the standard TV ratio of 4:3 is presented as 16:9. This is what “stretches” the image. We apologize for any dissatisfaction this caused.
So much is WRONG with that statement. First of all, stretchovsion is NOT a "consistent broadcast". NONE of the OTA networks provide a "consistent broadcst" like that. A true CONSISTENT BROADCAST on HDTV is showing content that is 16:9 digital/HD in OAR. This means My Name is Earl, Raymond, King of Queens as well as movies. This also means showing 4:3 SD or HD content in OAR with black sidebars. This means Family Guy,, Home Improvement and any other non-widescreen content, including commercials.
Second, this is not an "unfortunate consequence". This is a simple setting on the broadcasting equipment. It literaly is "flip a switch" and this goes away. We had a local station that stretched and it went away over night. TBS and TNT could do the same. It would require a little more effort to keep the bugs/snipes inside the 4:3 safe area on 4:3 programming(to avoid crap over the sidebars) but is it reall that much
Third, instead of apologizing for this, FIX THE DAMN PROBLEM!!! It is not that hard!!
When does the second season of Bill Engvall begin?
The second season of The Bill Engvall Show begins on June 12th.
How frakin stupid are people? They have a separate topic informing when Bill Engvall starts!! What, the viewer (singular) of that show didn't see all the snipes, the constant text in the left corner as well as Bill himself pausing Family Guy? UN F*****G BELIEVEABLE!!!!