Originally Posted by Mario500
^I don't know how they would display syndicated programs produced in the 16:9 aspect ratio for folks receiving programming in standard definition, but they display programs from FOX produced in the same aspect ratio with black bars from top to bottom for these folks.
What to do with content for each screen size has been a bugaboo for stations, hasn't it?
I don't know if APT still does this, but for a long time 4:3 viewers got letterboxed versions of 16:9 programs, and window
boxed (black on all four sides!
) versions of 4:3 programs. I have a difficult time receiving WEIQ despite the fact I live in Baldwin County and have switched over to WSRE from Pensacola. PQ is better and so is the schedule of high def programming. This style of presentation is a rarity and usually due to having insufficient high def equipment available.
My understanding right now is that the vast majority of syndicated HD content is filmed so it can be center cut for older SD set viewers. This means that people watching Jeopardy!, for example, will not have black bars on a 4:3 feed, they just lose the content around the edges.
This allows those with older sets to have a "full picture" but means those of us with high def sets are basically seeing nothing of importance in our extra wide screen area. Personally, I would rather say "screw the SD people" and let them have letterboxes so we who paid good money for HD sets can make full use of the widescreen aspect ratio. That's how Fox News Channel AND Fox broadcast network do it. They are letterboxed for 4:3 viewers of widescreen content.
But then I don't understand why a few black bars are so annoying to the average teevee viewer. I've always preferred that format for movies, etc. on my 4:3 screens.