Why does the Sony A-50 have a 16x9 mode?

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  1. Mike_G

    Mike_G Screenwriter

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    I'm just asking because I recently upgraded to a 16x9 projector, and 16x9 mode on my A-50 seems to do NOTHING. I thought MAYBE it would output non-anamorphic content in 16x9 mode (like to JVC progressive and Panasonic RP-91's do) but alas, it doesn't. The manual says nothing.
    Edit: OOPS! The Sony A-50 is, indeed, a satellite receiver [​IMG]
    Mike
     
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    Darryl_B Stunt Coordinator

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    What's an A-50? You mean the DirectTV Satallite receiver?
    My guess is that the 16x9 mode works just as it does in a DVD player. If a sourced is broadcasted in anamorphic 16:9, then the receiver wouldn't downconvert it letterbox.
    Though, I don't think anything is broadcasted in anamorphic widescreen (On HDTV, maybe?), but not on normal satellite. So, I guess you are right - it's useless.
    That is....if you are referring to the satallite box.
    DB[​IMG]
     
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    i think ppv will show some wide-screen stuff. it will tell you if its letter-box or not. (lb) i have the a50 and the a55. both boxes have this option. rob
     

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