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07 April 2009 @ 12:19 pm
Any TV/Video experts out there?  
I've mentioned this problem before in my SPN episode reviews, but it's really starting to frustrate me. Ever since about a month ago, the shows being broadcast on my local CW affiliate are now in full screen format. It drives me nuts because it's zoomed in A LOT, looks blurry, and the sides are cut off. There are times when you can only see half of a person's face!

I was assuming this was done in preparation for the digital changeover in June, but I really don't know. I don't think I have to do anything special for that anyway because I already have a digital signal with my satellite TV. My CW is supposedly broadcast in HD where available. I don't have a wide-screen HD TV set. My 19-inch TV is a little over 10 years old (I think it's an RCA).  Could this have something to do with my picture looking crappy?

I have Dish Network and I don't *think* my satellite receiver is HD. I really don't know how to tell if it is or not. Could this be part of the problem?

I guess what bothers me the most is not knowing what is causing the problem and I have no idea where to start.  But it bugs me having to watch shows online so I can see them in the proper format.  I contacted my local CW and asked them about this, because I think it's weird that this just suddenly started happening. Before last month, everything looked fine. 

I hate feeling so clueless. The only steps I can think of to solve this are 1) buy a widescreen HD TV set for what I'm assuming would be thousands of dollars; 2) look into upgrading my satellite receiver to an HD one (if I have to and if it's possible); or 3) both.

Anyone have any idea on why this could be happening? I have no idea who else to contact about this or where to post it. And I'm not finding anything helpful in the internet searches I've been doing.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
shadow_of_doubt: Angel--Angry Puppetshadow_of_doubt on April 7th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I have a 65" widescreen HDTV with Dish Network's HD DVR receiver and I'm having the same problems. It is all because of the digital changeover, for some reason. Instead of the channels getting better, they're worse.
jessm78: Supernatural: Sam pouting (3x06)jessm78 on April 7th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I figured it had something to do with it. On different sites people are saying that it's the fault of the local affiliates, while other people are saying it's Dish's fault. I did contact my local CW about it, but I probably won't hear back from them.
MegTDJ: SPN - Sam sulkmeg_tdj on April 7th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'm having the same problem with NBC. Grr.
jessm78: Mystery Spotjessm78 on April 7th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. That stinks. :( I bet it is all due to the digital conversion. I hope that once it happens they'll figure out what's wrong (or they'll get enough complaints from people).