Monday, December 10, 2012

Television Rant - Not the shows, but the sets

As I sit in Buffalo Wild Wings watching the Steelers play (of which I can't understand why the local CBS station didn't show the game since the Bengals were on FOX – I think there are more Steelers fans than Browns fans down here), I realize I really hate wide screen televisions.

Not the size, or the fact the picture is sharper. I love all that. What I hate is the set-ups available.

The regular old televisions only came one way in the past – 4:3. The new ones have zoom, stretch, or whatever to make the picture look all wonky.

Why can't the newfangled televisions only come one way? Is it all that important for the whole screen to be filled? Just leave the set alone!

If a show airs in 4:3, you get the black bars on the side. If a show airs in super wide screen, you get the black bars on the top and bottom. When you mess with the set-up, everything looks weird. And I notice.

Out of all the television sets in B-dubs, the Steelers were shown on the ONE set where the screen was stretched all weird-like. It's a HD show. It shouldn't need any stretching. So instead, the people are tall and skinny and the lines on the field bend outward (especially when the picture is scanned – ugh!). Plus, the picture is blurry. Well, it would be sharp for one of those old-fashioned 4:3 sets, but not for an HD one.

Technology can be great, but it's also one big pain in the butt. Especially for this OCD person.

Please tell me I'm not the ONLY one who notices these things. My husband thinks I'm crazy! Heck, I probably am – I AM a writer!

By the way, the Steelers lost (we didn't even bother to stay for the whole game), but my Rams won (with 48 seconds left in the game, too). They haven't been at .500 in I don't know HOW long!! Yay!




Jennette Marie Powell said...

I notice this stuff too. The narrow, super wide picture is especially annoying!

Stacy McKitrick said...

I agree, Jennette!

Okay, there's one other than me. Come on, anyone else???

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yes, me!!!

At first, I thought it was my vision when my brother first got his HD. Now that we have ours, I think my sight has adjusted to it. LOL

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennifer - My sight will never adjust to the stretching. If something was filmed in 4:3, I'd rather see the people look normal than stretched out on the sides (have you ever noticed when they zoom to someone's face, the ears are really large that way?). And if it's super wide screen, the bars on the top and bottom do not bother me. Better than the actors all look like super models!

Good to know there are more of us, though!

Michael Seese said...

Perhaps they were counting on your having more than a few beers. Then the lines might look normal.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - Thanks for the laugh. Now, if I drank beer, it might just be a solution. Instead, I felt like my glasses needed adjustment.