Sunday, 22 February 2015

it widescreen TV if its not really widescreen?

Both the TV and the image on it have aspect ratios wider than 4:3.

Lots of TV commercials that were shot in NTSC or PAL video are still in use, and most TV stations air them as-is, in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, pillarboxed to fit the 16:9 HD format.

For whatever reason, many of those ads were letterboxed inside of the original 4:3 image. I suppose that when letterboxed TV shows were new, and 4:3 TV sets were still the norm, that letterboxed ads looked cool and were less intrusive.

Why don't they scale them up to fill the full HD screen? Some do, and it looks like crap.

Why don't they shoot it again in HD? They probably can't afford to.

Widescreen Proscan PLEDV1945 19-Inch 720p 60Hz LED TV-DVD Combo

Proscan PLEDV1945 19-Inch 720p 60Hz LED TV-DVD Combo

This could be a subchannel on a PBS station, probably Create. It looks like it's formatted for viewing on an old 4:3 TV (letterboxed), and when you view it on a 16:9 screen it becomes pillarboxed as well.

The CW used to look like this where I live, but within the last couple of years they fixed it so it's now fullscreen.

It is often used

This way if you use the zoom fonction on your receiver or your tv you will have a correct full screen version of the movie, that the only way for them to achieve it and you have the best result.

You can have the widescreen version of the movie in full size of your tv screen that way (but with a non-hd resolution).

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