The issue with the anamorphic squeeze is irrelevant now as I've been both informed the intended format for the Movies! sub-channel is not to be 480i widescreen anyhow, but 4:3 SD with letter-box used for the widescreen films (that is window-box on HDTV screens) and the sub-channel is now transmitting in that format.
Here is the e-mail response from Patrick O'Brian Fox Digital Director on the initial anamorphic issue;
Enjoying the premier of the new Movies! Channel and while I much appreciate the fact that in one sense the picture is in a widescreen 16:9 format, on the other sense for some reason the picture is being anamorphically squeezed from 16:9 back into a 4:3 frame annoyingly resulting in having to manually switch format settings on my HDTV from its normal default settings to obtain the proper widescreen formatting whenever I tune to the Movies! Channel, only to have to switch the settings back when I leave the channel.
Is this a technical error or the way the channel is to be shown?
Why won’t KTTV Fox simply transmit the image in a widescreen 16:9 format without the anamorphic squeeze back into 4:3?
Thanks for your attention in this matter;
So., Los Angeles, CA.
Thanks for your email. There were some configuration changes required. The new Movies! Channel is a 4:3 SD channel and content will be 4:3 center cut with the occasional 16:9 content letterboxed. This is because there isn’t enough room on the allotted bandwidth to run another HD stream. The “squeeze” you were referring to shouldn’t happen again.
Thanks for the email!
Of course I never asked or expected an HD stream for the Movies! sub-channel, but a properly formatted 480i widescreen signal to which despite KCOP's heavy loading still should be sufficient bandwidth to accommodate it.
But, oh well, I guess you can change the entry in RabbitEars Trip to 480i SD. Sign ...