P372 4-Tel 372 Mon 19 Jun C4 11:02:00          1/6 Most of us are familiar with the letterbox format which appears on our TVs when Cinemascope films are shown. Viewers may, however, have noticed an increasing number of films being shown on Channel 4 in this format owing to the Channel's new PALplus policy. Channel 4 is taking advantage of the gnew viewing experienceg available to people who avail themselves of new widescreen TVs, while also taking into account the effects this format has on viewers with conventional sets. PALplus programme details........371 4-Tel index PALplus progs Films Today
P372 4-Tel 372 Mon 19 Jun C4 11:13:11          2/6 The main reasons Channel 4 is beginning to screen prograllfs, at the moment largely just films, in this letterbox format are as follows: There is a worldwide consensus that future TV pictures should be wider than they have been to date. This is for three reasons: * The cinema industry, having experimented with very wide picture shapes such as Cinemascope, believes there is a more ideal shape for TV PALplus programme details........371 4-Tel index PALplus progs Films Today
P372 4-Tel 372 Mon 19 Jun C4 11:13:11          3/6 Other arguments for changing the shape of television pictures: * With the increasing number of programme makers working in both the cinema and television industries, there are many who believe that current TV pictures are too narrow * most importantly of all it has been known for many years that the brain has a preference for a certain shape of picture - the so-called golden ratio (which the world's greatest artists have conveyed through composition) PALplus programme details........371 4-Tel index PALplus progs Films Today
P372 4-Tel 372 Mon 19 Jun C4 11:04:00          4/6 Channel 4 says that widescreen is the TV shape of the future and that every broadcaster and prograllf maker will have, in due course, to work out how to change to a wider picture. Introducing widescreen is therefore a question of when rather than why. With this in mind, Channel 4 believes that it should introduce widescreen services so long as it is possible to do so without serious penalty to existing viewers. PALplus programme details........371 4-Tel index PALplus progs Films Today
P372 4-Tel 372 Mon 19 Jun C4 11:05:00          5/6 While there is a probability that widescreen services will come in with 'digital' television, it looks like the current so-called 'analogue' broadcasting systems will exist for between one and two decades more. Consistent with its overall innovative brief, Channel 4 believes in introducing the services on the current broadcasting system. It is thus taking the lead it took with the introduction of NICAM stereo and Startext/PDC. PALplus programme details........371 4-Tel index PALplus progs Films Today
P372 4-Tel 372 Mon 19 Jun C4 11:01:00          6/6 Widescreen is a term not precisely defined. It is used to describe a shape wider than that of existing TV sets but may also extend to describing the shape of Cinemascope which is twice as wide as the conventional TV image. The utmost consideration must, of course, be given to the users of conventional televisions, but in the words of Frank McGettigan, Director and General Manager of Channel 4: "We welcome the collaboration with Nokia and the financial support of the EC in pioneering widescreen in the UK." PALplus programme details........371 4-Tel index PALplus progs Films Today