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HDTV with black bars top and botom

by jwarf1 / March 5, 2004 7:15 AM PST

I have a Samsung TXN3098WHF, my HD signal seems to be coming in fine, but in wide mode there are black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Samsung says that the HD signal varies and will not always have a full screen picture. How can you have a HD picture with black bars? Anyone else have this problem? Thanks for the help.

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re black bars
by acebreathe / March 5, 2005 3:14 PM PST

i have a different model samsung that does the same thing. actually it is not a problem. hdtv is broadcast in 16x9 aspect ratio. what you are seeing is letterboxing. widescreen sets can adjust some programs so that they fit the screen without the bars. however some programs are broadcast in their origianl aspect ratio, commonly refered to as oar, and in those instances you will see black bars to maintain the original ratio.

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its also a rule of thumb
by Blackheartx / June 28, 2005 3:09 PM PDT

when getting a hdtv set since most chanels would brodcast in widescreen, to get a widescreen hdtv set

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Black Bars: Pain in the Aspect Ratio
by arizcale / June 11, 2007 5:27 AM PDT
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My Samsung HDTV shows top and bottom bars..
by williamsaenz / July 10, 2009 11:24 PM PDT

I bought a HDTV and a blu ray both samsung and i spected when watching a widescreen movie i won't see the top and bottom bars tha appear in a non widescreen tv.... the salesperson at bestbuy says that the tv should display the movie without bars... it's suposed to fill the whole screen but even when i set the blu ray player to 16:9 and the tv to 16:9 it just look like a 32" when it's a 46" Please what could be the problem ???? Please help....
the only way that i can see the movies in the full screen is when the player has zoom settings but not all the blu ray players have tha feature... my old dvd player has zoom and combined with the tv zoom can get a decent full display but again.... IT'S NOT SUPOSED TO BE A FULL DISPLAY WHEN YOU WHATCH A WIDESCREEN MOVIE IN A WIDESCREEN MODE ON A BLU RAY... ON A WIDESCREEN HDTV??????? PLEASE???

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And yet, another link to help explain...
by Dan Filice / July 11, 2009 1:38 AM PDT
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