Originally Posted by Larry Kenney
I wrote an email to the folks at Grit a few days ago. Today I received the following email in return from Grit-Info@katzbroadcasting.com
"The network originates in 16 x 9 HD, but some of our affiliates carry us
in 4 x 3 SD. You may wish to adjust your TV's aspect ratio to "16 x 9" or
"zoom" to enhance your viewing experience."
If we adjust the picture from 4:3 to 16:9 it just makes it even more stretched. There's no setting on my TV that will correct their stretched picture to make it look normal. I don't have an "Unstretch" position. LOL Apparently the local stations have to do something to correct this, so now it's time to write to Univison which owns both KDTV 14 and KFSF 66.
The word "clueless" comes to mind, as well as other. less forum appropriate, words .... Actually, if the local station WERE using the 4:3 format, that WOULD solve the problem, by "unsquishing" the picture back to it's 4:3 self ....
Somebody needs to put these folks into a room and force them to watch their own crap for a period not to exceed their ability to remain sane. Padded cells on standby ....
This response tells me that they ARE sending the picture in the squished format 16:9 to 16:9. As I suspected, it's a policy decision at headquarters, not at Univision. I guess we might be able to get Univision to "fix" it at their end, but the problem is apparently in the Grit/Escape management decision-making.
Since you have their attention (they ignored me), perhaps you could respond, telling them that both SF stations are broadcasting in 16:9. Please ask them directly if they are sending the signal to their affiliates in a manner that crushes the picture vertically? Sounds like they don't want to admit it and are putting the blame on the local broadcaster. It also explains why some of the affiliates are broadcasting in 4:3, it's an attempt to fix the aspect ratio of the picture!
FYI, I sent an email to these folks a few days ago .. no response (and I don't think it's their problem, anyway, as they are just sending out what they are receiving):