S3 Video Aspect Control

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Testpattern, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. Testpattern

    Testpattern Testpattern

    Dec 5, 2006
    OKC America


    Lovin' my S3 which we've had for about 6 months. I am persistently challenged by one aspect of the HDTV picture setup.

    I route the video through the Tivo without any scaling or conversion (pass through) to our Sony SXRD 16:9 display. I've told Tivo we have a 16:9 display.

    I set the Sony to view 16:9 HD programming as intended without stretching or squeezing the video (cannot tolerate video distortion). When I change to a SD transmission, some channels are received stretched (full screen)and others are received normally as 4:3 displayed on my 16:9 with side bars. I can adjust the Sony to not stretch the video but then I need to switch it back when viewing HD or normal SD sources. Kind of a nuisance.

    I'm assuming this is just the way it is and that this results from different channels managing their SD transmissions differently.

    Is this correct or is there some setup routine I've missed to insure all programming is received in it's normal 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio?

  2. larrs

    larrs Movie Fan-Addict

    May 2, 2005
    Sounds like something's amiss. All SD should be sent without the stretching on some channels. It sounds to me like it has to be something in your TV setup. The SD you are referring to is not SD content on HD channels is it? We are talking about fully SD channels, right?
  3. jes5e

    jes5e New Member

    Aug 1, 2007
    I have the same tv w/ a tivo S3, and it should not work that way. You should be able to set the tv's aspect control to "full" and then never touch it again.

    When I watch 4:3 SD, there are black bars on the sides. I think the TV is smart enough to remember different aspect settings for different types of content, so you may have to set the aspect on the tv to "full" for various channels, but you should never have to do it again. I never touch the aspect control on the tv any more. The only time I need to adjust aspect is when I'm watching letter box programming on an SD channel - but for that I use the S3's aspect control.

    One thing to watch out for though is this: when I first got the tivo set up I had to tell the sony to change the aspect to "full" a couple of times before it worked correctly on certain channels. I'm not sure what it was - certain SD looked wrong... like too squashed, with the tivo info box going off the top of the screen.

    Hope this makes sense (and helps).

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