Saturday, February 24, 2018
More fun with Buzzr
I watched an ep of Combs Feud on Buzzr today, and at least the commercials came on at the right times. So maybe that problem has gone away. But there's still an issue with Celebrity Name Game on Buzzr and it may be unfixable, at least in the short run.
On Game Show Paradise a well-known complainer was, well, complaining about the supposed "film look" of the CNG eps on Buzzr. He seems to have this look on the brain, because he complained about the same thing with GSN's run of syndie What's My Line and color I've Got a Secret. As I said at the time, the shows looked fine to me, especially for material nearly a half-century old.
But while I haven't noticed any dreaded "film look," Celebrity Name Game on Buzzr is only a shrunken version of its normal self on my widescreen TV. Another GSP poster helpfully explains...
Buzzer can't accommodate 16:9 for widescreen shows because the channel only broadcasts in 480i 4:3 format...Most of us nowadays have widescreen LCD HDTVs which means that when we watch 4:3 programming and channels, the shows appear to be pillarboxed. Unfortunately, this means that when we watch a 16:9 program on a 4:3 channel on a 16:9 display, the episode appears to be shrunken and windowboxed (letterbox and pillarbox).
Believe it or not, this sort of makes sense to me. So it looks like I'll have to put up with Buzzr's pint-sized version of Celebrity Name Game on my widescreen TV. It's still a terrific show.