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HD squeezed to fit?

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EDIT: OK, I messed up the title. I obviously mean Squeezed.... not queezed.... Oh well...


I recently upgraded my DTV DVR to an HD version. Although I haven't watched much- due to the receiver not working with (ANY) IR remote- I noticed something odd when I watched some "HD" programing...

First, some of it seems to be just SD, but output by the box in 720P or 1080i... I saw no difference when my 480P LED was on vs. when the 720P or 1080i LED was lit.

Secondly, it seems that some of the programming is transmitted in such a way that it will fill the standard 16:9 widescreen format.... by either flattening out the picture, or using a method to strech out the sides only... It's really distracting. I watched Food Network HD (because I couldn't change the channel much), and one of the programs was obviously 4:3, modified to fit 16:9.

Is this common? Or am I just mis-interpreting things?

So far, not impressed with HD.
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Originally Posted by BigguyZ View Post

I recently upgraded my DTV DVR to an HD version. Although I haven't watched much- due to the receiver not working with (ANY) IR remote- I noticed something odd when I watched some "HD" programing...

First, some of it seems to be just SD, but output by the box in 720P or 1080i... I saw no difference when my 480P LED was on vs. when the 720P or 1080i LED was lit.

Secondly, it seems that some of the programming is transmitted in such a way that it will fill the standard 16:9 widescreen format.... by either flattening out the picture, or using a method to strech out the sides only... It's really distracting. I watched Food Network HD (because I couldn't change the channel much), and one of the programs was obviously 4:3, modified to fit 16:9.

Is this common? Or am I just mis-interpreting things?

So far, not impressed with HD.

No, you are not misinterpreting things. Not all hd channels have hd programming. Food net/hgtv are the worst they use a stretching like a funhouse mirror. The center is ok, but the sides squish out. If someone walks fast from the center to the side, it almost makes me sick.Just watch an old rachael ray 30 min meals!
The good channels just leave non hd programs in 4x3 with bars on the sides. But food and hgtv think their viewers dont like bars so they stretch the programs..At least in the guide info on my Dish network box, the real hd programs will have hd in the listings, and the fakes wont.So i can stay away.

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So far, not impressed with HD.

It sounds like you have yet to see actual HD. The networks are generally HD in prime time, and ESPN should have games in HD tonight. Check those things out and you should see HD and how good it can look. Also, make sure you are on the HD version of the channel, and not the SD channel. You would be surprised how many people don't realize there is a separate HD channel in many cases.
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