network HD errors

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Both Pearl Harbor and The Two Towers were butchered in their HD airings
tonight on network TV. As well as content, both were cropped to 1:78
(16x9) rather than letterboxing their true 2:35 aspect ratio into a 1:78
screen. It's a shame because in the past I've seen the networks air
movies correctly. If this is shades of things to come, what a waste.
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    "Steve K." <steve@nodamnspam.com> wrote in message news:qhqXe.139$zQ3.107@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net...
    > Both Pearl Harbor and The Two Towers were butchered in their HD airings tonight on network TV. As well as content, both were
    > cropped to 1:78 (16x9) rather than letterboxing their true 2:35 aspect ratio into a 1:78 screen. It's a shame because in the
    > past I've seen the networks air movies correctly. If this is shades of things to come, what a waste.

    In Redding, CA, Pearl Harbor shown in 4x3 format, SD. Someone forgot to flip
    a switch. Happens pretty regular here on sunday night.

    Mike Jones
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    "Mike Jones" <mikemaxjNOSPAM@charter.net> wrote in message
    news:zbBXe.45108$1g2.24764@fe05.lga...
    >
    > In Redding, CA, Pearl Harbor shown in 4x3 format, SD. Someone forgot to
    flip
    > a switch. Happens pretty regular here on sunday night.

    Call the station. Usually their newsroom phone line is active at that hour,
    and you can have them contact master control.
    I've done that in the Los Angeles area a couple of times in the past, and
    voilà, instant HD in about 5 minutes.

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    On Mon, 19 Sep 2005 03:30:30 GMT Steve K. <steve@nodamnspam.com> wrote:

    | Both Pearl Harbor and The Two Towers were butchered in their HD airings
    | tonight on network TV. As well as content, both were cropped to 1:78
    | (16x9) rather than letterboxing their true 2:35 aspect ratio into a 1:78
    | screen. It's a shame because in the past I've seen the networks air
    | movies correctly. If this is shades of things to come, what a waste.

    I assume you meant "." where you had ":".

    I've already heard from many people that the dislike letterboxing because
    it "make the picture smaller" (though this was in the context of going from
    16:9 to 4:3). I'm afraid letterboxing won't be that popular among the
    masses, especially after they buy HDTV. Many believe getting HD lets them
    avoid letterboxing and see the full resolution. Obviously that isn't so
    for 1:2.35 content. Unfortunately there is no standard for transmitting
    1:2.35 as-is (to let the viewer decide for themselves whether to letterbox
    or crop). So you're probably going to be limited to corporate decisions
    to give the masses what they expected with HD. Maybe the HD-DVD releases
    will do better.

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