16 X 9 Programming & channel 21-4
By Kent Hatfield ~ Posted Tue, 12/23/2008 - 3:40pm
On December 17th WXXI started converting all programming from a 4x3 aspect ratio to a 16x9 ratio... this means that programs viewed on a 4x3 (old style set) will be letterboxed. This means the picture will be smaller and have black bands at the top and bottom. Some programs are still being fed to WXXI from PBS already in a letterbox format this adds even more 'black' area on the sides. If the viewer is using a set-top box, there is a feature that allows the viewer to 'zoom-in' to improve the picture size.
During this transition channel 21.4, known as our standard definition simulcast channel has been discontinued, as all programming is not available on digital channel 21.1, cable 11 or digital cable 1011.
YES! WXXI is broadcasting in a digital format available on cable and over the air.