Originally Posted by ja2bk
Sir, with all due respect, it is your POV that is flawed. The reason the programs you mentioned are set to be center cut even though it is 16:9 content is that is what the producer chose. The producer wants 4:3 viewers to see a center cut instead of letterbox. YOu are basically saying you want to override what the person producing the content wants...
Poppycock and ishkabibble.
The shows being so affected are being aired in widescreen.
How does THAT fit with your "the producer wanted it cropped" theory?
My STANDARD DEF television, with digital tuner, can display the show in letterbox, BECAUSE IT'S BEING AIRED IN WIDESCREEN.
For some reason NBC and my local affiliate are MAKING my converter box "zoom" on some widescreen programming that people with widescreen sets are able to watch in widescreen.
If the producer wanted it seen only in 4x3, it'd be aired that way.
Let's get something clear here, people...
There's also plenty of widescreen programming that NBC is NOT doing this to.
Seems it's the latenight talk shows and news, both local and national, that this is happening with. It's not consistent with those either, because repeatedly on both national news and local I've seen it switch to letterbox for certain "outside of the studio" bits, only to jump back to fullscreen 4x3 (or "zoom") when it gets back to a shot of the news anchor in the studio.
Worse, when there IS a transition like this, for a brief moment you WILL see the anchor in letterbox, but then it "leaps" back up to fullscren 4x3.
It's royally ANNOYING.
They're airing the thing in widescreen for people with widescreen sets, but because I have a digital converter box and a 4x3 TV set they're not letting me see it letterboxed.
This is a singling out of people with standard def equipment, and it's not right.
I prefer to see things in letterbox if they're done in widescreen. If I choose to zoom in on the letterboxed image and chop the sides off the picture so's to fill my 4x3 screen, then LET ME DECIDE TO DO IT.
People have been asking what type of converter box I have, and I do own two DTVPals, but also have the Zinwell Zat 970A as a backup.
I'm going to switch things tomorrow and see for a few days if the Zat also gets locked on "zoom" on such programming.
As for someone who suggested that the box should only do it with stuff in 480, but is also doing it with higher resolution stuff, again, it's only happening with things that ARE 4x3 to begin with (which is great, in my opinion...automatically makes the big black frame go away)
, but it's also blowing up and chopping the edges off SOME widescreen programming of TWO particular types, and NOT doing it to other widescreen programming.
I'm sorry, but this is being done by choice, not by accident. (My local station's engineering dept. ADMITTED to me they're doing this and that NBC is also doing it. This was explained at the start of the thread.)
I've said this repeatedly, WHY would they do this? WHAT earthly reason would they have for denying converter box users the widescreen format for CERTAIN shows, but not for others? WHY do it at ALL to ANY widescreen material?
Let them do the auto-zoom all day long with stuff that's in 4x3. Fine. But don't do it with ANY widescreen stuff. That's not what the signal was MEANT for!