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Black bars on Dish Network


My friend has a Panasonic TH-42PX60U and recently ordered the Dish Network HD package. The problem is that all the HD channels have black bars on the bottom and top of the screen. The settings for the TV are full mode and the satellite is set to normal for hd. This seems extremely odd to me as HDTV is shot in 16:9, correct? Has anyone else run into this problem.


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In reply to: Black bars on Dish Network

Sounds like the settings are correct I also have the dish network system. Ok there are many different aspect ratios 4X3 which you would have black bars on either side, ok 16X 9 would fill entire screen but there are many other aspect ratios theat will give you black bars on top and bottom not to worry normal stewee

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Thanks for the post but that's the problem.


16:9 won't fit the entire screen.

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Dish aspect

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Go to the setup menu on the Dish. Make sure the screen aspect is set to 16:9 and not 4:3. I have Dish and the 50" version of that TV and all the HD stations fill the screen.

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That's the weird thing...

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It is set to 16:9.

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In reply to: That's the weird thing...

Do you have some other zoom setting on? I don't have a Panny plasma but on mine there are a few settings like HD Zoom, Full, Normal, Auto, etc. and I have to set mine to Full, but with the 4:3 auto adjust set for SD signals. All wide-screen HDTVs should have a full screen with 16:9 as long as you don't have some funky zoom or stretch mode on.

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Movies are NOT in 16x9 format!!!!!!!!!!

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This is a common problem, wide screen movies come in many flavors, none of them are 16x9!!! Many of the newer releases of DVD are now formated in 16x9. But the movies that are show on Cable, Dish, Direct TV are in the original movies wide screen format thus the black bars. John

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Movies aren't the problem...

In reply to: Movies are NOT in 16x9 format!!!!!!!!!!

It's the Dish Network feed of TNT HD, ESPN HD, etc.

I watch the same programs on cable HD using the 37 inch Panny plasma but none of the HD shows fit the 16:9 format with my friends connections.

I've gone over his settings a bunch. You can use the zoom setting on the TV but it doesn't look very good and isn't fitting correctly. I tried adjusting the zoom features on the cable remote but the changes don't appear to make any difference?

I'm completely lost.

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