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Sun, Dec 21, 2014 3:44 AM

Question about Aspect Ratio

Why did yall cut inches of the standard def tv service. Someone buys a 42" tv and thanks to u watches a 38" picture. It's b*******. I'm sure yall remember when the pic was full screen, yall are all old enough to remember that. And even though we do have HD service when I switch it to the same channel I was watching in standard..... ooops, no picture at all on hd. I wish more people would realize how ur screwing them. I hope soon to never pay another tv bill and will only watch hulu/Netflix or anything other than the big corps crap. 1 star overall service.

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6 years ago


@ubigcorps wrote:
Why did yall cut inches of the standard def tv service. Someone buys a 42" tv and thanks to u watches a 38" picture. It's b*******. I'm sure yall remember when the pic was full screen, yall are all old enough to remember that. And even though we do have HD service when I switch it to the same channel I was watching in standard..... ooops, no picture at all on hd. I wish more people would realize how ur screwing them. I hope soon to never pay another tv bill and will only watch hulu/Netflix or anything other than the big corps crap. 1 star overall service.

 

 

A program watched in SD won't fill up your 16:9 screen.  SD is 4:3 and HD is 16:9.  You can set it at "fill" or "stretch" but then you'll get a distorted picture (aka stretch-o-vision).

 

We have 3 HD TVs (23"/37"/52") and all look FANTASTIC in HD...as long as the program is being shown in HD.  Batman (circa 1966) looks great on the HD channel but it's not filling the 16:9 aspect ratio on the big TV because it was shot to fit a 4:3 screen.  Same with any old series.  Looks great but it's got the bars on each side.

 

If you are paying for HD service and an HD program is not filling your entire HD screen, then you're doing something wrong.

 

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6 years ago

As my buddies at Crutchfield say:

 

  1. The term used to describe TV screen shape is "aspect ratio" — conventional TVs, and some small LCD HDTVs, have a 4:3 aspect ratio; widescreen HDTVs have a 16:9 ratio. TV shows also typically have a4:3 or 16:9 ratio.

 

SD means 480i.  It will be at a 4:3 ratio just like the 50 years before digital TV.  HD means 720p or 1080i, and a 16:9 ratio.

 

Your expecations are off, not the service.

 

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@ubigcorps wrote:
Why did yall cut inches of the standard def tv service. Someone buys a 42" tv and thanks to u watches a 38" picture. It's b*******. I'm sure yall remember when the pic was full screen, yall are all old enough to remember that. And even though we do have HD service when I switch it to the same channel I was watching in standard..... ooops, no picture at all on hd. I wish more people would realize howur screwing them. I hope soon to never pay anothertv bill and will onlywatchhulu/Netflix or anything other than the big corps crap. 1 star overall service.

Are you paying for HD service? Perhaps that is the reason you have no picture when you turn to an HD channel. Are you even a U-Verse subscriber?

 

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6 years ago

The OP needs to understand the workings of that zoom button.  Just like a Ronco chicken rotisserie, "Set it and forget it."

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@dhascall wrote:

The OP needs to understand the workings of that zoom button.  Just like a Ronco chicken rotisserie, "Set it and forget it."


5 stars for the Ronco reference.  Smiley LOL

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ubigcorps wrote:
Why did yall cut inches of the standard def tv service. Someone buys a 42" tv and thanks to u watches a 38" picture. It's b*******. I'm sure yall remember when the pic was full screen, yall are all old enough to remember that. And even though we do have HD service when I switch it to the same channel I was watching in standard..... ooops, no picture at all on hd. I wish more people would realize how ur screwing them. I hope soon to never pay another tv bill and will only watch hulu/Netflix or anything other than the big corps crap. 1 star overall service.


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From what I am reading, the OP does not have HD service in the first place. He says that when he goes to the HD channels he gets "no picture at all on hd".

Even with an analog television, if you are paying for HD, you still get the HD channels, although they are not in HD since they are not HD televisions.

 

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...and yet another example of a OPW leaving us with unanswered questions. *sigh*
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@skeeterintexas wrote:
...and yet another example of a OPW leaving us with unanswered questions. *sigh*

I bet he jumped on the bamdwagon of the other poster who had letterbox / barndoor issues.  At least they posted screenshots.

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5 years ago

I have the same problem and agree with ubigcorps.you all can provide

 

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5 years ago

You can provide all the reasons in the world why it isn't an AT&T problem, and list the complaint as "Solved". But if that is the case, then why didn't I experience this problem at all for two years while I had Comcast? (Same TV. Same channels)

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5 years ago

In summation: Dear Comcast, I'm sorry I dumped you. I was so wrong. Please take me back! Sincerely, Your Former Customer

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5 years ago

Now that Comcast and Netflix have made their deal, we may be headed back to Comcast ourselves, certainly after paying more than $14,000 or $15,000 this year alone and having ATT techs out to the house at least 3 dozen times in 2014~~I'm not exaggerating one bit.  They may have even been here 4 dozen times, I'm trying to underestimate, for fear of being a drama queen, and I don't want to make it sound worse than it is (it's pretty awful.) 


@Clink031384 wrote:
In summation: Dear Comcast, I'm sorry I dumped you. I was so wrong. Please take me back! Sincerely, Your Former Customer

 

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I should have clarified~~the $14,000 plus was for repairs that ATT didn't seem capable to do, or willing to do.  After we were hacked and invaded with malware, spam, viruses, you name it, and oh, speaking of which I think I need to investigate my Paypal accounts because it appears that someone went on ANOTHER spending spree last night while we were all asleep, nasty little criminals come alive at night and I get these alerts in the morning at about 6 am or so after I've had enough coffee to look at my email~~nice way to wake up, huh? 

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@AudreyJ2000 wrote:

I should have clarified~~the $14,000 plus was for repairs that ATT didn't seem capable to do, or willing to do.  After we were hacked and invaded with malware, spam, viruses, you name it, and oh, speaking of which I think I need to investigate my Paypal accounts because it appears that someone went on ANOTHER spending spree last night while we were all asleep, nasty little criminals come alive at night and I get these alerts in the morning at about 6 am or so after I've had enough coffee to look at my email~~nice way to wake up, huh? 


So you're blaming AT&T for someone hacking into your computer? 

 

I've had Uverse for over 7 years and no one has ever hacked into my computer.  But then again, I have a good firewall and virus protection program.  *shrugs*

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@Clink031384 wrote:
In summation: Dear Comcast, I'm sorry I dumped you. I was so wrong. Please take me back! Sincerely, Your Former Customer

This is a U-Verse forum. You need to call Comcast to see about switching providers. I hope you are not under contract with U-Verse. Sorry, I do not have the phone number you need to contact Comcast.

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