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#1 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:58 PM

I took this picture of a boxing match on tv Friday night. Why would this be broadcast like this?

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#2 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:05 AM

Wow, a CRT TV; didn't know any were still active.

I'm guessing: 4:3 video, put into an HD (16:9) format, pillared, for wide HD broadcast, then letter-boxed regionally for SD broadcast instead. It's a shame what is happening these days with some shows and especially movies. So much stretching to fit HD TV's, or pillar boxing, or this, just because a few people are still using the old stuff. Hopefully we will see the end of this someday very soon. 16:9 TV's are the majority now.
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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:52 AM

Wow, a CRT TV; didn't know any were still active.


It seems they're alive and kicking. Perhaps you can't get them in western markets, but sales seem to have been booming in other parts of the world at least one year ago.
http://articles.econ...athode-ray-tube

They also last quite a long time. I know at least one person in the industry who still uses their old CRT television.
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#4 Mark Dunn

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:31 AM

You now know two, if you interpret 'industry' widely enough.
We retired my gran's CRT a couple of years ago, but only because we were given a widescreen set (CRT, as it happens). A little magenta, but it was still going strong after just short of 30 years.
Still an all-CRT household for TV.
Back on-topic, good for them. It's spectacularly annoying to see an Academy film cropped to widescreen. Frankly, Scarlett, I do give a damn.

Edited by Mark Dunn, 13 March 2012 - 04:35 AM.

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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:13 AM

What surprises me more than the continuation of direct-view CRT displays in people's homes is the number of American sports bars that still have CRT projection.

CRT projection can provide excellent performance if it's adequately specified and given a bit of care and attention. Since it was so expensive when it was in current use, the irony is that it usually looks better these days, since you can now buy what were really upscale CRT projectors for very little money.

But the ones that have been hanging around in bars since the early 90s, which have done tens of thousands of hours, and whose tubes have decayed to the point of providing nothing but a faintly pinkish-yellow glow...

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#6 Brian Hulnick

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 07:43 AM

Nothing worse than going into a sports bar and having to endure your favorite sports on a crappy old CRT projector that is so badly calibrated that every image has rainbows along the edges.
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#7 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 10:15 PM

Nothing worse than going into a sports bar and having to endure your favorite sports on a crappy old CRT projector that is so badly calibrated that every image has rainbows along the edges.


Au contraire! Far worse is that there's no alternative to sports there. No news, no Jeopardy or Wheel..., not even the Travel Channel!

Back in the glory days of the Soviet Union, Cspan would carry the Moscow Evening News. First item in the sports section was
Chess!!! When are we going to see that in a ******* American sports bar?
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:33 AM

The good thing is that if the TV is screwed and there is no color, it doesn't matter if they are showing chess :)
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#9 Daniel Jackson

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:57 AM

Au contraire! Far worse is that there's no alternative to sports there. No news, no Jeopardy or Wheel..., not even the Travel Channel!

Back in the glory days of the Soviet Union, Cspan would carry the Moscow Evening News. First item in the sports section was
Chess!!! When are we going to see that in a ******* American sports bar?


Can see that really taking off Stateside, most folks can barely follow baseball.
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#10 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:07 PM

Can see that really taking off Stateside, most folks can barely follow baseball.


Well, we do have televised poker tournoments.
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#11 Daniel Jackson

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:25 AM

Well, we do have televised poker tournoments.


And that is strangely addictive viewing.
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#12 Brian Hulnick

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:01 AM

My Projector is a 5 year old 720P Hitachi and I have to say the images produced by it are absolutely superb. On another forum my screenshots looked better than many 1080P images, by a large margin.
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#13 Daniel Jackson

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:53 AM

When it comes to colors and resolution there is still no beating good old cathod ray tv.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:34 AM

I took this picture of a boxing match on tv Friday night. Why would this be broadcast like this?


HD broadcasts are shown in 16:9 format. When shown on a 4:3 TV you will get black bars top and bottom.
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#15 Daniel Jackson

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:35 PM

I can't make out if that's a 4:3 or a 16:9 TV in the OP.
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#16 Brian Hulnick

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:25 AM

Looks a lot like 4:3.1
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#17 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:22 PM

I can't make out if that's a 4:3 or a 16:9 TV in the OP.



It's an old 4:3 and the boxing match was both letterboxed and pillared, making it a smaller 4:3 within a larger 4:3 which felt strange to watch.
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 06:53 AM

Go wide man.
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#19 Daniel Jackson

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 11:13 PM

It's an old 4:3 and the boxing match was both letterboxed and pillared, making it a smaller 4:3 within a larger 4:3 which felt strange to watch.


You've lost half the damned screen area.
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