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Picture perfect: ABC now full 16:9; TVs might need to be updated

3 months 1 week 4 days ago October 10, 2016 Oct 10, 2016 Monday, October 10 2016 October 10, 2016 10:08 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
Circled images, above, show graphics have moved closer to either end of the screen. Last week, the images were displayed more toward the center, inside an outdated broadcast standard known as 4:3.

BATON ROUGE - You may have noticed a tighter picture on WBRZ recently.  

In September, on-screen titles and text- known as graphics - were moved closer to the bottom right. The move expands the images on the screen out of the industry's old standard 4:3 aspect ratio. Years ago, when television sets became wider and 16:9, many images remained inside the traditional, more square area of 4:3. As technology advanced and HD broadcasting became the norm, broadcasters have been able to showcase closer, clearer images. Not having to only keep images in the smaller, 4:3 aspect ratio, will allow the viewer to get a more intimate experience.

WBRZ News 2 broadcasts adapted to the wider screen use Monday. 

However, some viewers may miss important information if TV set aspect ratios are not updated. Monday, the circle logo with "abc" written inside it should appear in the bottom right, near the corner of the TV screen. If you do not see the image, check the aspect ratio of your TV.

What you can do:

- Check the zoom on your TV - zoom out to the widest image possible to get the full picture.

- Select features "16:9 Original" or "16:9 Full" if available.

- Older sets or older TVs that are connected to a cable box (similar to the digital converter boxes COX issued recently) should be set to 4:3 Letter Box; this will give you the entire 16:9 picture but you'll notice black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.

Internet vide players do not need to be adjusted.  The image will fit just fine if you watch WBRZ videos on this website or stream newscasts live from your computer or phone. 

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