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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Welcome to Widescreen!

Part of the use of this blog is for me to keep an eye on cheapskate broadcasters! Yesterday, I was watching Sky News and noticed that the images were showing people as if they had some kind of dire disease. A very mishapening one at that! Then I realised Sky News had changed. It had gone widescreen and had given itself a really good overhaul. However, nobody had told Telewest apparently who were blithely broadcasting these widescreen pictures in 4:3 format! Later in the day the penny dropped and all was fixed.

So, Sky News has joined the world of widescreen. An interesting thing is, though, that the commercials seem to revert back to 4:3 so if I were an advertiser on Sky News I'd feel it wasn't being present properly, but, hey, it's moving in the right direction.

Also, a mention for ABC1, a channel I don't normally watch, but has gone widescreen, if only for the ads (they show mostly 4:3 format programmes)!

I think it is important that, if the likes of Comet and Dixon are promoting widescreen TVs in their stores, the broadcasters play the game by providing the service to go with the sets. So come on UKTV, its your turn now!

http://www.sky.com/skynews/home

3 comments:

Most of UKTV's content comes from aunty beeb as it's a 50/50 venture between the BBC and Flextech (a subsidiary of Telewest). They didn't record so much in widescreen until recently.

The main problem with TV is subtitles - they're abysmal. My father-in-law is deaf and I don't know how he gets to watch anything on TV and understand it. We've got 4 young kids so subtitles are always on in our house and they're unreadable sometimes.

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