Originally Posted by VideoGrabber
I didn't go back and pull my tape of "Contact" from HBO, but I have it flagged in my logs as OAR. Was the HBO airing their usual 1.78 crop-job after all?
P.S. Also, I see they have this in a 2:30 slot, while IMDB and my tape log lists its runtime as 2:33. Can you comment on the actual runtime?
When it ran on HBO and Cinemax, it was also OAR as the transfer dated from the days before HBO made their "all 16:9" edict after early uneducated HDTV owners started their "I bought an HDTV to not
see black bars!" whining.
Can't comment on the runtime but Starz! like other networks does list the start time of the next film on the hour even if the previous film runs over by a few minutes, so if you're going to record it, I'd play it safe and pad it a little.
(You wouldn't miss any content, as the credits are easily three minutes long.)
Didn't think to check the audio format.