Jon Cyphers wrote
David-My encoder tech had me set UPN that way, because "most digital viewers have widescreens and most broadcasters set it that way so all stations would be 16x9." It looked a little stretched on our plasma (but not much), but I thought I would do some more research. On my 4x3 it looks nice with the encoder set in widescreen. What is the complaint? That during Enterprise that is already letterboxed the image is that much smaller? This was the case for me when I watched Mission Impossible (on 10-1) over the weekend on my projector, the image was letterboxed-letterboxed. I'll take a receiver home again (because I don't want to come here in the evenings if I'm not called in) and catch some UPN prime. Are most of the forum members watching on 16x9 or 4x3 format monitors?
You state that no TV's or receivers have squeeze modes, yet both my Zenith and Sencore receivers have multiple modes such as crop, letterbox, full, and the Zenith even has one that says "Squeezed". As an example, if I tune in our Fox 1080i and set the ratio to cropped, it fills the full screen on a normal 4x3 TV, getting rid of the letterbox and pillars. Is this a feature that came out only recently, and you guys don't have it?
This is why our troubleshooting is so difficult, different receivers are showing different things, and it's hard to pick one to trust.
We are experimenting with everything. While I'll try to keep a stable signal on the majority of the time, a lot of variables are going on. Such as today when we are going to ship our 1080i out of Wichita up our microwave path to Salina, so viewers up there will get 24-1 (26-2
) on channel 17 for a day or so. Right now the salina digital is nothing more than our analog signal upconverted in the shack, we're doing equipment tests to see if the microwave is stable enough to carry the digital out of Wichita.
The problems of it taking a second to lock in our stations has to do with our PSIP timing, I have that company going over a capture of our stream right now. The same company is working on the 26-2 problem. Both our complex problems that can't be fixed by simple configuration settings.
Sweeps (ratings) starts tomorrow night, so my main focus will be our analogs because that is where 99.9% of our viewers are, but I will continue to try and get our digital problems taken care of when I get time between analog problems.
Thanks for all of the info and your continued patience.
BTW - our email was transferred to a new server at our corporate office, so our email has been on the fritz, so if you get a returned msg, try sending it again later, It will eventually get through.