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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.
 

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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.


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aus1ander said:
Why would anybody pick gray sidebars over black? Why even make it an option?
Ya, the grey is so distracting to me when I go to others houses and they have them that way.
 

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Why would anybody pick gray sidebars over black? Why even make it an option?
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.
 

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Are you people saying that some broadcasters override the setting in the Tivo?
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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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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