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Will we see a full conversion to Widescreen TV in the near future?

RogerPacino
08-02-2005, 12:53 AM
I have no clue but with the new law going into effect in 2009 where all TV signals will be digital will this mean all cable and satellite channels will eventually televise all shows in widescreen?


Is there any plans to scrap all pan and scan or full screen TV broadcasts in the future and go for widescreen on all TV programming?


Will Pan and Scan TVs go the way of 8 tracks and vinyl?

jeffreydj
08-02-2005, 07:59 AM
Unfortunately, digital broadcasts doesn't mean HD. So, more then likely most major networks will begin filming in 16x9, I'm not sure it'll be mandated they do so. I could be wrong, though.

Pakbackr
08-02-2005, 11:24 AM
Sometimes, Fox Sports will broadcast a baseball game in 16X9, but in SD...and PQ is so poor, it is soooo obvious that its not HD. As my wife says, quality is much more important that size.

jeffreydj
08-02-2005, 12:40 PM
In nashville WPGD (a local religous station of some sort) has 4 or 5 digital broadcast going at any one time. The quality is horrendous, but its "digital."

jeffreydj
08-02-2005, 02:55 PM
http://www.howstuffworks.com/hdtv.htm

That'll give a good explanation. Digital TV doesn't mean HDTV. As part of the standards, they allows digital 4:3 transmissions. I think that explanation starts on page 2.