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60" Sharp T.V. (Black Bars)

by madmick79 / September 2, 2011 2:44 PM PDT

Ok I have read the forums as well as others and I keep getting conflicting answers. I just bought a 60" sharp and I'm wanting to get rid of the Black horizontal bars at the top and bottom of the picture.

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The black bars are normal, even on widescreen TV's.
by minimalist / September 2, 2011 4:26 PM PDT

Some content is wider than 16:9 and some is narrower so depending on what you are watching you will get black bars at the top and bottom or on the sides of the picture. The only way to fill the screen is to crop the tops or edges of the content. If you are watching modern (post 2005 or so) TV content that will usually be exactly 16:9.

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by madmick79 / September 3, 2011 3:19 AM PDT

Thank you for you reply and it was very clear and to the point with out all the other posts that just confuse the OG post ;). Maybe this should be sticked

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You're welcome. It's a common misconception
by minimalist / September 4, 2011 2:13 AM PDT
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that a widescreen TV means the end of black bars. I too was confused when I got my first 16:9 TV.

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Black Bars
by 3coursedinner / September 2, 2011 8:02 PM PDT

Before asking questions -- movies in the 2:35 aspect will always have the black bars on a HDTV (DVD or TV signal) unless you buy one of the new Vizio HDTV's that are wider and longer (I forget the measurements) than the "standard" HDTVs. Look at the back of the DVD box and see what the aspect ratio is.
Are you using a HD cable box? Is it connected via HDMI to the TV?

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