Gray side bar bars when 4:3 Displayed on 16:9 Screen

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by holligl, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. Sep 1, 2007 #1 of 13
    holligl

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    I have a 16:9 HDTV and when displaying a standard 4:3 program the side bars are a medium gray which seems very distracting to me. Is there a way to change the default color? The TV (when not going through the HD TiVo) will leave the side bars black. Easier on the eyes IMHO.
     
  2. Sep 1, 2007 #2 of 13
    bdlucas

    bdlucas Right side up again.

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    Yes, there is an option. It's under the Video settings IIRC.
     
  3. Sep 1, 2007 #3 of 13
    phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    Only time you can't change the sidebar color is when the program is being broadcast with the gray bars.

    IMHO, no network is doing this, but local affiliates could be.
    I think the local ABC and FOX affiliate are still doing the gray bars.


    phox
     
  4. Sep 1, 2007 #4 of 13
    holligl

    holligl Member

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    found it. Much better. Thanks!
     
  5. Sep 1, 2007 #5 of 13
    aus1ander

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    Why would anybody pick gray sidebars over black? Why even make it an option?
     
  6. Sep 1, 2007 #6 of 13
    Langree

    Langree The Gimp

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    Ya, the grey is so distracting to me when I go to others houses and they have them that way.
     
  7. Sep 1, 2007 #7 of 13
    TiVoDoughBoy

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    Gray is more "friendly" when it comes to preventing burn-in, especially on plasma sets. That's why the instructions (when choosing gray or black) say to refer to your television manufacturer's instructions for selecting the best option.
     
  8. netsurfer

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    So even though i have my S3 set to show black bars, some programs have grey bars. I do not like the grey. Are you people saying that some broadcasters override the setting in the Tivo?

    OTA here.
     
  9. Luke M

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    No. The settings apply to 4:3 broadcasts. 16:9 broadcasts will be displayed as-is.
     
  10. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    It doesn't override the settings, it is broadcast that way. Instead of sending a 4x3 image, they send a 4x3 inside a 16x9 one with the bars on the sides. Your Tivo doesn't know it is really 4x3, it only sees a 16x9 image and just displays it.

    Worse is when the broadcast a 4x3 stretched to 16x9 with no bars. Stretch-o-vision. You can't do anything about that either.
     
  11. TriBruin

    TriBruin Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I prefer when a broadcaster add something other than simple black bars when broadcasting 4:3 on their 16:9 HD channel. CBS use a blue graphical pillars and ESPN has black and grey with ESPNHD on it. Makes it a little more obvious that you the pillars are in the original broadcast signal.
     
  12. Dancar

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    Why would someone want grey bars? I don't know (other than the plasma burn-in issue), but I would prefer grey bars over stretch mode any day.
     
  13. netsurfer

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    Ah, so I need to write nasty letters to the Network affiliates or the main Network?

    I know, I know, hard question to answer.

    Give me my black bars please:mad:
     

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