The worst part is that they seemed to have gotten the message at one point and "fixed" things, and now they've fallen back to their old ways again. Could it be that they received more complaints about the sidebars and window-boxing than they did about the stretched images? Hard to believe, I know...
Sorry to rant with nothing new to say but I still can't get over this. I removed channels from my "a la carte" to add this and National geographic. bad idea. nothing good on NG and A&E is 99% fake stretch HD. WTF?
I don't understand why any of the providers are wasting valuable bandwidth to carry this (obviously not) HD channel. The CRTC should be on top of this as they are the ones that regulate which channels are HD. If a channel is not broadcasting proper HD, then they should lose their HD license. I tuned in recently to watch the Godfather in HD on A&E and found a disgusting stretched, grainy picture which was unwatchable.
I never PVR anything off this silly channel as it just wastes space on my 9200 HD. The SD A&E doesn't look much worse most of the time when I stretch it out on my TV. I would rather see this channel go "bye bye" so that BEV can compress the good channels less or give me something like Showcase HD so that I can get cool shows like Saving Grace in HD!
I too sent them a note about the same thing about streaching maybe if everyone sends them a note they will actually read one and realise that they have a problem. its only been How long?.
It only took A&E five weeks to respond to my email. I had actually forgotten that I had sent them a note.
Here is their response for those that needed a good laugh
respose from A&E
Thank you for your feedback regarding our high-definition offerings.
We want to be able to address your concerns about this content. The
nature of certain programs limits our ability to show all of our
programming in high definition.
As you know, HD is a newer technology. For programs that were not
originally shot in HD, we are stretching the content to the 16 x 9
ratio. Our research has confirmed that this is the more popular choice
We are committed to increasing the amount of programming we offer in
We thank you again for your support as we continue to provide you with
great entertainment options.
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2007 4:42 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: AE Help Desk
The request below was made from the help desk:
Request Type: question
Request: Why is all you 4:3 aspect programming streched out on A&E HD.
none of the other HD stations I get do this on 4:3 programs just A&E.
I hate looking at people made to look fat and oval wheels that should be
round. this problem has been a discussion on many internet discussions.
This problem occurs regardless of local cable or sat provider and only
effects A&E HD.
I guess that A&E wants to put the truth in the age old saying "the camera make me look fat"
While I agree it's ridiculous to stretch the 4:3 material to 16:9, you likely have a stretch mode on your HDTV -- my HDTV has this -- that will put the image back into its proper 4:3 shape -- no oval wheels, no trout mouth. So it's not the end of the world.
Your set will convert a 16x9 HD image into a squeezed, non-HD 4x3 image? Mine certainly does not do that. The only way I can correct the messed-up A&E HD image is to go into the System Setup of my 9200, which is a royal PITA.
No, no. Lemme 'splain. No, there is too much. Lemme sum up: A&E has a 4:3 image, but they stretch it to fill the 16:9 screen. My HDTV -- like many, I assume -- has a stretch mode that will take that picture, and squeeze it back to its 4:3 shape.