Originally Posted by HDMe2
I've kind of been envisioning in my mind that PTI might end up looking something like how ESPNNews looked (before Dish got cut from that in HD)... with better quality video BUT still in a 4:3 box with all their sidebar stuff still going so that we don't actually get 16x9 PTI.
There are a few possibilities I see:
1) Do it in letterbox like WSOP. A true 16:9 presentation would be the best way to maintain the existing look and feel of the program.
2) Do it like SportsCenter with the rundown. Rather than center cut the SD feed, right cut it to include the rundown (so the left half of the HD picture will be mostly dead space). To mitigate the appearance of dead space, they could frame the studio cameras for 16:9, as I think they do for anchor shots already on CNN. This will make the picture look more natural to HD viewers, while appearing perhaps a little zoomed to SD viewers (with cut off shoulders).
3) Re-organize the graphics to be more like ATH (or Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC): have the rundown horizontal across the bottom instead of in a column.
I don't see how they could do it like ESPNEWS used to because I don't think they're interested in running two separate graphics packages for HD and SD viewers. (I suspect that's why ESPNEWS no longer does it.)