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HD question

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by DaytonBuck, Oct 9, 2004.

  1. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    I've got a Sony Wega TV with HD capability but it doesn't have the wide picture that most HD's have. The picture on some channells looks like a wide screen movie, but on others it has some of the sides cropped off along with the top. For example the game on ESPN between Minnesota and scUM had the sides cropped off but the current LSU-Florida game doesn't. Is there anything I can do about this?
  2. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    Which model? Many have a button to adjust aspect ratio, at least by zooming in. With HD signals on a 4:3 box, you're basically always going to have bars on top and bottom, but when you have them on all 4 sides, you should be able to zoom.
  3. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

  4. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    Unfortunately I'm only intimately familiar with the XBRs in the WEGA line. I would look for a 'Wide Mode' button on your remote, perhaps just 'Mode' or 'Ratio'. Alternatively, you might poke around in the menu. There almost certainly has to be a way to zoom in on almost any picture that has dead space on all 4 sides. I've only seen 1 instance where that wasn't possible with my set, the local Fox forced their HD broadcast down to a 4:3 picture. But because it still comes in 16:9, you've got black boxes inside black boxes. That's a local anomaly, and I doubt too many other local networks make the same mistake. If your tv's remote doesn't offer an aspect control, try your receiver.

  5. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it!

    I think that the aspect ratio might vary for you depending on which resolution a program is airing in (720p, 1080i, 4801, etc.) I have a widescreen Sony TV, and I am unable to change the aspect ratio of HD programs. It seems that 720p even changes the size of my DirecTv program menu. You might want to pay attention to the resolution of the programs that provide the different aspect ratios.
  6. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

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