[mythtv] [PATCH] Enable decoding of more mpeg-ts streams forpcHDTV

Edward Wildgoose Edward.Wildgoose at FRMHedge.com
Thu Oct 2 12:50:27 EDT 2003

> It'd also be nice to have some funky zoom modes.  Besides the normal  
> matching of aspect ratio with display device, there are some truly  
> horrific offenses taking place right now -- there are some shows (like  
> Star Trek: Enterprise) that are (a) shot in letterbox format (16:9),  
> (b) sent from the network as a standard-def 4:3 program (so black bars  
> top & bottom for everybody), then (c) upconverted by my local station  
> into 16:9 hi-def (so black bars left & right for all HDTV viewers),  
> then (d) displayed on my 4:3 computer monitor (so additional black bars  
> top & bottom).  So the show winds up tiny, centered on the screen.   
> Ugly!

DVB in the UK does this kind of thing as well.  They always broadcast in 16:9 (using a 720x576 mpeg...), but use some new funky format to indicate how 4:3 sets should pan-n-scan the picture, ie where the important 4:3 sized frame is located.  Unfortunately none of the decoders understand this yet, and when the picture really IS in 4:3 you have black bars, top, bottom and left/right...  Durr

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