Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

Thanks a lot!!
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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

I can do that but sorry I am new to the forum. Could somebody tell me how to post pictures here?

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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

When making a post there is an icon of a camera above where you type your text. When you hover over it you should see "Insert photo". Click on that and insert a photo from your computer/device.  It may take a short while for the photo to be approved after you post.



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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

Thanks for the instruction on posting photos. Below are the photos:

1. Channel 36 Zoom None

Channel 36 Zoom NoneChannel 36 Zoom None

2. Channel 751 Zoom None

Channel 750 Zoom NoneChannel 750 Zoom None

3. Channel 751 Zoom Full

Channel 751 Zoom FullChannel 751 Zoom Full

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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

The caption for photo 2 should be "Channel 751 Zoom None". Sorry for the confusion.

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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

Comedy Gold used to broadcast in 4:3 standard definition.  In my TV's "Picture" settings, I also had to make sure that it did not automatically stretch or zoom the content to eliminate the side bars.



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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

Not sure I understand your comment. I don't want the auto zoom because it makes the picture out of proportion. I set the Ignite TV box setting to "Zoom None" and the Channel 751 behaves correctly. However, Channel 36/750 still zoom. I don't mind the side bars. If I want Zoom I can set the TV box setting to "Zoom Full".

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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

@kklee  I was not referring to the set-top box settings.  My Sony TV also has the ability to detect 4:3 content and zoom the picture to eliminate the side bars.  I had to change the settings in my TV so that it would not zoom or stretch the picture as well.



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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

@-G-  : If you look at @kklee 's photos, you'll see that the TV is not stretching 4:3 content. The black bars are present on the one channel.

 

Some SD channels are broadcast in AFD (see link below).  What this does is "zoom" a 16:9 SD channel to fill the screen of a 16:9 TV, even though the broadcast is SD.  Sometimes this can result in pretty good quality on an HDTV even though the original content is SD.  I don't think that's what's happening here though since @kklee 's photos look distorted (wide heads).  I suggest @kklee contact both Rogers and Fairchild to get this sorted out.  A good screenshot would help - either heads that are obviously distorted or circles that become oblong on one channel but not another.  It'd be good to get a screenshot that could be paused on all of the channels (using recordings) and the same programming.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Format_Description



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Re: Fairchild TV East (Channel 36) in Ignite TV always zoom

I concur with 57. I believe that it's nothing to do with the setting in the TV or box. I bet that the channel is being sent with AFD by the broadcaster or distributor of this channel and Roger's is merely passing what ever signal they receive to your set top box.

Most international channels are a 16x9 picture but anamorphically squeezed into a 4x3 frame but some have the AFD flag sent as well. So your HD box will detect it as a 16x9 picture and fill the screen.

I see this on my dad's italian channels. If you complain to Roger's not sure what they can do to fix as they are often not allowed to manipulate the signals they receive. But maybe they can pass on the complaint to fair child for you or ask you to contact Fairchild directly?