Widescreen Technology of the Future

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RTÉ announces the introduction of widescreen television broadcasting throughout the country on an experimental basis.

  • Title
    Widescreen Broadcasting Introduced
  • 1st Broadcast
    13/11/1995
  • Contributor
    Colm Connolly (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:43
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Widescreen Technology of the Future
  • Extended description

    RTÉ announces the introduction of widescreen television broadcasting throughout the country on an experimental basis.

    Two hundred and fifty hours of widescreen programming will be broadcast over the next year in association with Nokia and the association for independent electrical retailers. The package will be mainly made up of feature films, documentaries and music programmes and will be broadcast on Network Two (RTÉ 2) on a Saturday night.

    Reporter Colm Connolly shows viewers what the difference between a 4:3 screen view and a widescreen view may look like.

    Mel Farrell from Nokia Ireland explains how viewers with 4:3 television sets will receive widescreen pictures with a 'letterbox' which will mean the loss of some picture top and bottom.

    Eugene Murray from RTÉ says that broadcasters worldwide believe that the widescreen experience is the one to offer viewers in the future.

    The footage used in the report is from the series 'Waterways' which was produced by Emdee Productions for RTÉ.

  • Information

    A RTÉ News report on a trial by RTÉ to broadcast programmes in widescreen. The programmes were brodcast over a year on RTÉ's second television channel Network Two (RTÉ 2). This report was broadcast 13 November 1995.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Broadcasting, Widescreen, NOKIA, Technology, Mel Farrell, Eugene Murray, RTÉ
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1995
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    BN95/317
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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