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BBC America SD - why black borders around it?

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BBC America SD - why black borders around it?

My favorite channel in the Uverse lineup is BBC America.

 

Too bad its only in SD - but what really bothers me is that the SD picture has very broad black borders around it on my TV. It's the only channel that does that; other SD channels use the whole screen. It's not a scaling issue as logos and the occasional twitter tag are shown inside the border. The borders are on all 4 sides (so it's not letterboxing).

 

Any idea why they are doing it this way? It uses only 2/3rd of my screen that way...

 

 

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Re: BBC America SD - why black borders around it?

tarantoga - I believe that is the latest technique for using the same picture for both 4:3 and 16:9. It is bad for a 4:3 screen viewer and worse on a 16:9. At some point the broadcaster will decide most 4:3 screens are gone & pump it up to fill the 16:9 screen more.

In the meantime, you should be able to Zoom it up. Press the ZOOM/ENTER button. Arrow down to Zoom & select OK. Pick your size.
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Re: BBC America SD - why black borders around it?

It is because the show is in widescreen, but an SD signal is meant to fit onto a 4:3 screen, so the top and bottom are blacked out to make it fit into a 4:3 screen, and the left and right are caused by the fact that it's a 4:3 picture being shown on a widescreen TV.

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I called DirecTV today because I can't take having the BBC in SD anymore.  They have a good come back offer.  I may pull the plug on uverse TV over this but I'd have to rewire my house some first.  I've only got CAT5 cable. 

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