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2010-05-21 10:05 PM
jokeDR If anyone is interested, 'The Cleaner' was cancelled by A&E. It was an excellent show.
2009-08-17 11:46 AM
dm_4u I like "The Cleaner"
2009-08-09 03:37 PM
There are 2 shows I watch on A&E

1 - Dog the bounty hunter
2 - American Justice
2008-04-18 02:51 PM
57 Please see the posts in this thread where this topic has been discussed extensively.
2008-04-18 12:49 PM
A&E HD aspect ratio always messed up

What is the deal with A&E HD? (best Seinfeld impersonation)

Seriously. 80% of the time the aspect ratio on the channel is messed up. Sometimes I'll watch A&E and all is good, but most times the picture is stretched out. This makes the channel virtually unwatchable to me. I find it varies randomly throughout the day. I can watch an episode of Sopranos earlier in the day and then turn on A&E HD later in the day to watch another Soprano's episode and the picture is stretched out. Same with movies, sometimes ratio is messed up and sometimes not with the same movie

Does anyone know if this is a problem from the source (which would be hard to believe A&E would pump out crap and hope no one notices) or is the problem on Shaw's end?
2008-04-02 01:41 AM
actng have you guys seen the "opposite"? It's not on A&E but on a video I have. It's in 16:9 but I have to do "wide zoom" in order for it to look proper. otherwise in 16:9 mode it looks like everyone is skinny.
2008-04-02 12:02 AM
Are they totally stupid or just incredibly cheap?
My vote is for the former.
2008-04-01 02:52 PM
AlenK I too wrote A&E about stretching of 4:3 standard-definition material. It's disappointing to read here that they've been doing it since they began in 2006 (for the most part) and show no signs of changing, appearing to believe that the majority of their HD customers actually prefer that (a few misguided souls do perhaps <g>). What burns me most is that when they do show movies in SD they don't bother to show the widescreen transfers we've all seen on DVD (or if they do, letterboxed within a 4:3 frame that is stretched to 16:9!). Are they totally stupid or just incredibly cheap?
2008-03-30 09:34 AM
57 Probably don't want anyone seeing any black bars - even if it means chopping off heads (2.35:1 -> 1.78:1 zooming), or making people look fat (1.33 -> 1.78:1 stretching).

I wonder whether this is an automatic process of some kind?
2008-03-30 09:28 AM
sleemo When I watched the Matrix on A&E a couple of weeks ago, it looked to me like someone had it in "zoom" mode to fill the screen.
2008-03-30 03:38 AM
actng flip this house was in proper 16:9 also but then True Lies with Arnold was 4:3 stretched, as it was all the other times it was shown on A&E HD...
2008-03-29 08:47 PM
ottobud They don't stretch everything, just their SD programming (and all commercials); perhaps The Matrix was in true HD (albeit in the wrong AR, as it was 2.35:1 in theaters).
2008-03-29 07:57 PM
actng the matrix this late afternoon looked like it was in proper 16:9 HD - no stretching or black bars!
2008-03-29 07:14 PM
Originally Posted by a4toronto View Post
did a&e stop stretching recently?
No, I watched a program today and it was actually in 16x9 format but not broadcast in HD. The dummies at A&E still stretched it, making it look like it had an AR of 2:35:1 instead of 1.78:1.
2008-03-29 06:53 PM
a4toronto did a&e stop stretching recently?
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