DirecTV PPV - where's the letterbox?

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  1. Steve Owen

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    I don't often watch PPV, but the other night I figured I'd see what was on the DirecTV pay-per-view offerings. I was surprised to not find a single letterbox / OAR movie offered. Not one. You'd think that widescreen DVDs outselling their pan-and-scan counterparts, maybe DirecTV would get the hint.

    Or am I missing something here?

    -Steve
     
  2. Joel Mack

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    Interesting. They used to offer letterboxed features on PPV, but the last time I looked at DTV was over a year ago, so things may have changed...
     
  3. Jonathan

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    Does anybody know if the HD PPV channel is in OAR?
     
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    Yes, it is OAR...most of the time. They also crop 2.35 films like HBOHD does..although I am not sure how often.
     
  5. Steve Owen

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    I decided to ask DirecTV directly why there's no letterbox PPV movies anymore... here's the response I got...

     
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    They haven't offered any letterboxed ppv movies for several months. I complained to customer service and got basicly the same response as Steve. I let them know that I won't be signing up for any pay-per-view movies until they offer widescreen versions again.
     
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    This is the main reason I don't get HBO or Showtime.
     
  8. Jonathan

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    Showtime HD shows movies in OAR. Plus I feel the picture quality on Showtime is better. Just my 2 cents.
     

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