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    'Future TV' angers viewers
    5:00AM Saturday April 28, 2007
    By Steve Deane


    The old 4:3 screens are rapidly becoming outdated. Photo / Herald on Sunday

    Digital TV watchers had better get used to those black stripes that have begun cropping up on their screens. TV3's largely unannounced switch to widescreen broadcasting may have left exasperated digital viewers banging the top of their television sets in frustration at the fluid nature of their picture shape - but it's the future.

    TVNZ plans to follow suit with a switch to widescreen digital at the end of July and, within a decade, it may be the only signal being broadcast to the nation's screens.

    TV3 viewers who receive the channel through a digital source have been left baffled by the black borders appearing seemingly at random at the top and bottom or sides of their screen.

    Katie Guy, a 23-year-old PhD student, has a widescreen TV and said the overall effect was "crappy".

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    This has caused some fiddling about with our tv. Why can't they just leave things alone?

    The other subject of discussion at the moment is the starting of Freeview here on the 2nd May. Great for those with poor reception and have to rely on Sky to see the terrestial channels clearly. Trouble is they say you need a satellite dish as well as the Freeview box and your local electricians should install it - the whole possibly coming to around $700. Apparently, you cannot use a Sky satellite as it is 'their' dish, but this may change in the near future.

    Meanwhile, if you have a satellite dish on your house but refuse to pay the $99 to be installed, according to a letter I received today you can be connected to Sky for just $49 ... looks like the competition could provide some benefits to customers.

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    Let's hope it'll all be sorted by the time we get there and buy a TV.
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    We have the same thing here in the US, with broadcasters switching over to digital, and some (but not all) shows in hi-def. It really isn't that much of an issue unless you're still getting your TV through rabbit ears!
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