THD Pillar Box (panel mode) Issue

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by stream, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. stream

    stream New Member

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    San...
    When watching certain (not all) SD channels in "panel" mode (as TiVo calls it) I get the grey side bars. However, on the left side, between the show image and the grey side bar is a black side bar (about an inch wide). Happens on FX, TNT, CNBC, MSNBC (among others), but not on CNN, Spike, Bravo (among others).

    I tried tuning the problem channels on my TiVo Series 2, and my Comcast/Moto HD DVR, and the issue only exists on the THD.

    While I don't always watch SD in panel mode, it's annoying to have the extra black bar, and is also a screen burn in issue.

    Anybody else have this issue? Anybody know how to resolve (TiVo support couldn't help)?
     
  2. litkaj

    litkaj Member

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    That's part of the signal for some channels and would normally not appear on a 4x3 TV due to overscan. Just set your THD to use black bars instead of gray and you won't even notice them.
     
  3. stream

    stream New Member

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    The reason the TiVo HD has grey sidebars by default, is this is less damaging (from a screen burn in perspective) than black bars, so I don't want black sidebars.

    Regarding overscan, why would the same channels viewed on my TiVo Series 2 & Comcast/Moto HD DVR not have the black side bar?
     
  4. stream

    stream New Member

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    Is this extra black side bar what others are experiencing as well? Wondering if I have a bad box or not.
     
  5. CCourtney

    CCourtney Member

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    This is not uncommon for the reasons litkaj has indicated especially on analog feeds (many digital feeds clean this up but not all.)

    I still have a few channels that occasionally do this, all of them analog channels.

    CCourtney
     
  6. stream

    stream New Member

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    My area has ADS so all channels received on the THD are digital. Very strange--and annoying, especially since my TiVo Series 2 and Comcast/Moto HD DVR don't have the issue (and the Series 2 only receives analog)
     

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