Not to worry. You'll have a setting that will make it look good. Some have
auto features that will change the picture to 4;3. Others change it somehow
that it still looks good, fills the screen, and does not have that ugly
stretch. It may crop the top and bottom, but barely noticeable.
I hardly watch anything that is not in HD any more. I changed to cable to
DirecTv because my crappy cable company did not offer HD in five of my
Yeah, cutting off the top of someone's head is "barely noticeable". If
you are watching ESPN and there is NO crawler at the bottom of the
screen, it's "barely noticeable".
AFA, stretch mode, I don't care what kind of TV you have, it is
stretching and distorting the picture, period
I guess a "good look" to you is short and narrow. I'd rather watch a
show in it's original format, but hey, that's just me, and a few
thousand other people that are purest.
Yeah, a Panasonic VIERA Plasma that is only 9 months old is a "crappy
You obviously don't care about a distorted picture, and it looks fine
to you. The "stretch modes" haven't changed that much over the past
few yrs. Stretched, is stretched, and not natural, period.
Wanna argue the point, lets take it to alt.tv.tech.hdtv and see what
they have to say.
Is it possible that what you're looking at really isn't the old 4:3
aspect ratio, ie that channel is now in HD 16:9 ratio? I haven't seen
a set yet where the picture isn't distorted to make it fill up the
screen. They do have algorithms that stretch some parts more than
others, the sides I think, to try to make it less noticeable. But
there is only so much you can do and every one I've seen makes people
One is the Cooking Channel (not broadcast in HD), it fills the screen but
does not have the "fat face" syndrome. On a couple of other channels, it
reverts to the 4:3 ratio. I'm not sure if DirecTV or the content provider
that has any control over that, or even the circuitry of the DVR box.
Does not matter much to me anyway. I've become a bit of an HD snob. The
difference between SD and HD is so significant, I avoid most shows not
available in HD these days. I've been watching Great Migrations tonight
and was wowed by some of the visual quality and detail of the finest stuff,
like blades of grass, animal fur, etc. We've come a long way from the 12"
B &W with Milton Berle.
I like the increaded spatial resolution, but find other things more
inportant. Things like the way the picture is much more stable (not wiggling
around all the time like analog video), and better color. One of the first
things I saw in HD was a football game, where the grass was green instead of
a sick yellow.
BTW, I don't think 3DTV is worthwhile. Maybe if they made it work without
31 days until The winter celebration (Saturday December 25, 2010
I was in a Best Buy store and they had a 3D set playing. Without glasses,
it looked like a poor 2D. I did not see any glasses around to try and did
not want to get a salesperson and have to listen to them. It is also
recommended to limit the time watching the 3D to a couple of hours a day as
it can bother the eyes.
I wonder if I'll be able to get prescription 3D glasses in the future.
Right now, it is still a novelty, but in a few years . . . . .
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