Why do I still have the Letterbox?

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  1. Jan 7, 2006 #1 of 35
    naybag

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    OK, So I have a 32in HDTV with a HD digital cable box. I am watching ABCHD channel, and still have a letterbox view. What am I missing? Is this normal?
     
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    dgh

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    What's the aspect ratio of the display?
     
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    pdawg17

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    Not all programs on HD channels are HD...what program are you trying to watch?
     
  4. Jan 7, 2006 #4 of 35
    naybag

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    16:9 / 4:3
     
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    naybag

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    At the moment, I am trying to watch the Washington v Tampa Bay football game. And I have the horizontal bars along the top and bottom. I should note that the picture quality is excellent, just can't get rid of the bars.
     
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    dgh

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    What does that mean?
     
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    stevel

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    I have found that a lot of the HD network programs are 4:3, and yes, I have seen letterboxed material within the 4:3 frame. Very annoying.
     
  8. Jan 7, 2006 #8 of 35
    naybag

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    It's a widescreen tv. The aspect ration is 16:9.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2006 #9 of 35
    naybag

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    That is quite annoying. Can anyone else turn to abc hd and tell me what their screen looks like?
     
  10. BGLeduc

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    I am seeing the Redskins in proper 16:9 mode. It appears that your local affiliate is sending the game out down-converted to a 4:3 image. Do other HD broadcasts look correct?

    It is certainly annoying, but not at all uncommon. At least in my city, HDTV is very much a work in progress.

    Brian
     
  11. ThreeSoFar

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    Zooming should eliminate the bars.
     
  12. JimSpence

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    How's the HD box connected to the TV?
     
  13. naybag

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    Go skins! It's hooked up through audio and video cables into the component 2. It's not with a DVI.
     
  14. naybag

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    If I zoom, then the sreen gets smaller with bars on all four sides.
     
  15. ThreeSoFar

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    My 42" Samsung DLP has a "zoom1" which zooms in the right amount to get rid of the bars at top and bottom of a 4:3 letterbox image.
     
  16. naybag

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    Thanks. This is helpful. I have seen only a couple of channels in full screen before. At the moment, all but one channel (WJLAHD) have the letterboxes.
     
  17. xtopher_66

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    I'm watching the games via WJLADT and they being broadcast in a 16:9 aspect ratio. No need to zoom on my Sammy DLP.
     
  18. windracer

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    The ABC-HD feed here looks fine too ... fills up the entire screen on my Panny 42" plasma.

    The picture looked great ... too bad the Bucs weren't as great. :(
     
  19. Stu_Bee

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    I have a Panasonic 42", and I can tell which channels are HD, because it doesn't let you change the aspect on HD channels.
    Of course that kinda sucks if the HD channels is showing 4:3 content.
     
  20. JTAnderson

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    How is your cable box connected to the TV?

    Hint: If the answer is not component video cables or HDMI, that probably explains your problem.
     

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