I wrote the Channel 3's engineering staff to point out (as others have) that it's very annoying to watch 4:3 material on their HDTV channel that has been stretched by WKYC to fill a 16:9 image. I received a response from Rex Rickly, Director of Technology & Operations WKYC-TV, who wrote:
> The reason we stretch
> 4x3 content when it is upconverted to 1080i, is to address the
> concerns of viewers that don't want to see black bars on the sides of
> their 16x9 display. It is also worth noting that some of the NBC HDTV
> shows are provided to us in letterbox format for analog transmission,
> and we get complaints about that problem as well. Obviously these
> policies are not liked by all of our viewers, but this is a
> case where we can't please everyone.
I responded that none of the other local channels did this with upconverted analog material on their HD channels, which meant that the viewer with a 16:9 set had the option on all the other channels to stretch the image, but that WKYC was taking away that choice. Rex responded concerning the HD-stretching issue: "We are reconsidering this policy, and I expect it to change in the near future. "
Others who want to let WKYC hear their opinions could write to Rex, if they wish (my idea, not his). This forum's software won't let me post email addresses yet, so go to the WKYC website and click on the "Contact WKYC" link at the bottom of the page, then click on the "questions about our shows" and express your opinion!
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