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KDF-E50A10 - Picture is stretched

by aubie889 / March 20, 2006 12:10 AM PST

Is there something that can be done with the screen proportions?
Our screen is squished and streched. All the people seem to have short legs and large heads in the wide screen. We did not have it installed by a technician.
We have comcast cable. Will the cable card help any of this or is it only for HD shows?

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KDF-E50A10 ??? what kind of TV, make???
by jcrobso / March 20, 2006 12:19 AM PST

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Does the picture fill the whole screen????
Can you change the picture mode?? John

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KDF-E50A10 Sony 50" picture is stretched
by aubie889 / March 20, 2006 1:05 AM PST


I'm not sure what you mean by opeating system. We have comcast cable but as of yet have not subscribe for HD service.
The situation is when the tv is turned on the picture is being broadcast in the normal mode which has two black bars on both side giving us a 40" picture. In that mode the picture is clear, viewing is proportionate. When switching to the wide mode full screen, the picture becomes distorted as the screen stretches horizontally.
My complaint is I feel we purchased a 40" TV as the 50" (wide mode) is distorted.
Will an upgraded HD cable package or card inserted in set help this?

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OK,, now I know what you are talking about!!!!
by jcrobso / March 20, 2006 1:14 AM PST

Yes, that is a normal effect of watching a 4x3 picture in strech mode. Which is why I watch 4x3 in 4x3 mode.
When you get HD service and the program is native 16x9 mode it will look great. john

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Talking about
by marinetbryant / March 20, 2006 3:11 AM PST

Just learned that my cable box, for HD, has different settings. No one told me about it at Charter. I can change the input signal from 480 to 720 to 1080. My tv will display 1080i. Anyway, changing to 720 gave me full screen with no stretch or squish on non-HD channels.


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by masterying01 / March 20, 2006 3:42 AM PST
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(just being a little sarcastic). now that you have your cable box outputting an hd signal. check to see if you have component cables (red/blue/green color) or hdmi (looks like a wider version of a usb) hooked up from the cable box to your tv.

if you're using component cables supplied by the cable company, id suggest you go out and buy a set of HDMI cables. your tv has 1 HDMI input for the best picture possible, and i'm assuming you're gonna watch regular tv more then anything else that supports hdmi.

do NOT get scammed or let salespeople talk you into $100 monster cables for hdmi. most places will have HDMI cables for a little less then $50(or even cheaper if u get it online). for that tv, it will be very sufficient. after that, put on Discovery HD and watch whatever they have will blow you away.

(also, if u have a progressive scan dvd player, make sure you get ahold of some component cables to hook it up to your tv. most likely you can use the red/blue/green cables that your cable company provided you for your hd cable box.)

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