Change in the way TV is broadcast?

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Change in the way TV is broadcast?

Did U-Verse TV change the way it broadcasts in standard definition?  On Wednesday, at 8:10, without changing any of the screen resolution settings on either the TV or the uverse box, the show began showing with black bars around the entire picture.  Now I have to have the picture stretched and there are still black bars on the top and bottom of this screen.  I never had to do this before and it is seriously not cool.

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Re: Change in the way TV is broadcast?

lindsaybanning - What channel(call letters) are you talking about? It may have changed. Ask the station.

I believe that SD was originally pretty much all 4:3 to accommodate all those existing 4:3 CRT sets. But, the flat panel widescreen sets really caught on & the stations are starting to transition to a widescreen format for SD. This looks especially bad when it is less than a 4:3 picture.

The STB or TV picture control is needed to handle these odd cases. The best solution is to watch in HD
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Re: Change in the way TV is broadcast?

Hi lindsaybanning,

 

Another thing that might be causing this is that each program is broadcasted a different way, and there could have been a possible change in the feed at that time, or possibly a change in the way that U-verse broadcasts it. I know with most sporting games, U-verse will broadcast it in a 16:9 format, but the local news on afterwards or an old television program will be on 4:3.

 

If you notice a different with all your programs, there may have been a change picture ratio on your end. Be sure to check both the TV and the U-verse receiver as both will have their own individual settings for this.

 

-David T

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Re: Change in the way TV is broadcast?

Locally (Indianapolis) WXIN has changed their SD output and it has black bars across the top/.bottom.  I have to go to zoom / 3X to remove them.  Yes, we have a modern HD TV but the wife starts at the low end of SD to watch TV.

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