Schmye Bubbula wrote:
I'm also confused about widescreen in general when flipping channels in live TV (when I'm really in 720p): some HDTV stations' 16:9 programs appear fullscreen, and other stations' 16:9 programs are small windows within my screen. Ditto with some of the subchannels' 4:3 SDTV broadcasts: some are fullscreen top-to-bottom, others are small windows within my screen. Why is that?
The following paragraphs describe in detail the differences of the Aspect Ratio being processed by the TV:
The original 4:3 aspect ratio (1.33:1 source) is preserved, so black
bars are added to the left and right of the display image. Standard TV
broadcasts are displayed with a 4:3 Aspect Ratio. Movies in 4:3
Aspect Ratio may be referred to as pan-and-scan or full frame.
When watching a standard broadcast or full-frame movie in
this mode, the display image is stretched proportionately to
fill the TV screen. When watching a widescreen (1.78:1
source) program or movie, the display image fills the TV
screen. If you are watching a widescreen (1.85:1 or 2.35:1
source) program or movie, there will still be black bars at the
top and bottom of the screen.
When watching a widescreen (1.78:1, 1.85:1, or 2.35:1
source) program or movie, the display image is zoomed
proportionally to fill the width of the screen. The top and
bottom are cut off to remove most of the source material’s
black bars. This mode is good for programs or movies with
When watching a standard broadcast or full frame movie in
this mode, the 4:3 Aspect Ratio (1.33:1 source) display image
is stretched horizontally on the left and right sides to fill the
TV screen. The center of the image is not stretched.
When watching a widescreen program (1.78:1 source) with black
bars on the sides, the display image will stretch to fill the TV
screen. People will appear wider than they really are. If you are
watching a widescreen (1.85:1 or 2.35:1 source) program or
movie, there will still be black bars at the top and bottom. This
mode is available only when watching a widescreen program.
Schmye Bubbula wrote:
Now that I've had my first HDTV under my belt for a couple of days, I'm starting to notice the poor quality of Composite cables for the 480i SDTV coming out of my switchbox (TiVo & Roku): blown highlights and washed-out color — I never noticed it on my old CRT TV. Like I said, the lower resolution doesn't matter that much to me, but these artifacts are... ugh! Guess I need to start looking for a switchbox that does Component and/or HDMI and perhaps a new HDTV TiVo. Good idea about looping the audio-only around, but I thought it through and don't think there's a way to get it all logically working together with my existing setup. So I think my only out is the new switchbox I just mentioned, then move my old switchbox in-between my TV's headphone jack and my powered speakers, just for the audio compressor.