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Registered: Jun 2000
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Re: Except I will see bars on OTA Now
Originally posted by ddarche
Now you are hitting my problem area. I do watch a lot of golf and I used to watch it on CBS for example, on 5-1 via OTA, not the Sat. It used to be full screen and much better than SAt. Now with (apparently) DirecTV's current implementation in HD Tivo, I will be forced to watch it with bars, which is just not aceptable. However, it is better than watching it in Sat. I just like how it was before.
Now, of course when it is in HD, like it was a week or two ago, I get full screen and it is great.
Well the good news is that all golf on CBS this year is HD. But like I said, pay attention to the 4:3 material they show today. You'll see some in the opening credits for sure. It has bars, but they aren't black or gray, they are moving pictures. No burn-in for you and no distortion. This IMO is the way it should be done.
The point is, using either your TV or your STB, you SHOULD have the option of stretching the picture if you want. I say SHOULD because we know the Tivo strech modes are sorely lacking. But I still say, when you pay as much for a plasma set as you did, and plasma is so prone to burn-in, it really should be the onus of the set manufacturer to insure you can do something with any type of signal it gets.
On the other hand, when a station, like ESPN, chooses to already do the stretching before it gets to me, I have no options at all to see the picture in a non-distorted fashion. Even if I could squeeze it or strech it to a 4:3 frame, the damage to the picture has already been done by them stretching it. There will always be a lack of quality imparted on the picture when it's stretched.
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