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Playing Standard DVD Widescreen Version on Blu-Ray Player

by genebean66 / June 15, 2009 2:41 PM PDT

Hi I bought a new Blu-ray Player Magnavox NB500MGX! When I played a widescreen DVD movie on my new player It played like a full screen version on my TV! My 19 Inch TV is an old Samsung 1997 model! There is no black bars! It has black Bars when I play on my standard DVD player but no black bars on my blu-ray player! So whats the deal on that?? Thanks!!

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by Pepe7 / June 16, 2009 2:10 AM PDT
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Widescreen on old TV
by Dan Filice / June 16, 2009 3:48 AM PDT

Aside from Pedro's suggestion, how do you have your BR player connected to your old TV? Unless you have it connected using either Component or HDMI connections, the output of your BR player will default to 4:3.

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Good point ;) (n/t)
by Pepe7 / June 16, 2009 4:16 AM PDT
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If I Understood You What you saying
by genebean66 / June 16, 2009 12:18 PM PDT
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I connected Blu-ray player to my TV using A/V Cable You know Yellow Video, Red & White Audio! Is that what you talking about??

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Your not getting any HD
by givemeaname / June 16, 2009 1:34 PM PDT

You MUST use HDMI or componet (Red, Blue & Green cable) to get HD.

You need to save for a new tv really if you want HD, 19" is small even for a PC monitor. You can get a nice tv for well under $1500. $1k will even get you something way better then what you have now. You can get a 50" 1080p plamsa for like $900 now, I saw an add on TV for Sears $549 ($300 off a $800 tv) for a 42" panasonic plasma (? on the model #) for fathers day sale.

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The OP's referring to playing SD DVDs...
by Pepe7 / June 16, 2009 2:57 PM PDT

...via his new BD player. He's only looking to get the correct aspect ratio from what I read anyway.


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Yellow video cable
by Dan Filice / June 16, 2009 3:11 PM PDT


If you are using the yellow RCA video cable, then your BR player is defaulting to output a 4:3 signal, not 16:9. Since you are watching SD DVDs, you would not see true HD, but if you had a proper TV, the BR player would upscale your DVD picture to whatever the maximum resolution a new HD TV could handle. Since your TV does not have Component connectors (Component connection uses 3 RCA-type cables for video, which are Red, Green and Blue and audio is by separate cables.), you are only seeing the resolution of your TV, which may only be 480 lines of resolution. On your BR player you have Picture Format choices, one of which is 4:3 Normal. When using this and while trying to watch a Widescreen 16:9 DVD, you will get an image that has large black bars on the top and bottom with an image across the middle of the screen like a band aid. If your BR setting is to default 16:9, then the image you get on your 4:3 will be squished vertically (people will look tall), but you won't have black bars. Unfortunately, your BR player is technologically way more advanced than your TV, so to really see Widescreen DVDs in their full glory, you will need to buy an HDTV which will have a 16:9 screen, which is what the other poster suggested.

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Are you certain?
by Pepe7 / June 17, 2009 12:17 AM PDT
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Hi Dan- I have an older (secondary) "HT" setup in my den. It's a Sony DVD carousel player connected to a 27" Sony Triniton (w/ older Onkyo & Bose surrounds). It's really basic, like everything used to be before the wave of gizmos hit all our homes ;). Anyway, the DVD -> TV connection has only gone as far as being upgraded to S-Video from the original (yellow) composite. The only settings we had to mess with were on the Sony DVD player in order to see the OAR on the SD shaped Sony TV screen. How would the OP's situation be any different, since the BD player, albeit lower end, still supports SD content via DVDs? FWIW, there was nothing we had to change on the Sony TV to accommodate the anamorphic widescreen content.


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rewind/hold that thought...
by Pepe7 / June 16, 2009 3:00 PM PDT
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That would be true only for playing blue ray discs. SD DVDs played back with that same player could still come through to his SD TV in the correct aspect ratio, even from a blu ray. There's plenty of bandwidth via the old cables for SD ;).


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I like to thank everybody for thier help!
by genebean66 / June 18, 2009 4:12 PM PDT

I figured out the settings on blu-ray player like some of you said it has to do with the settings! So I went to settings on video I try 16:9 squeeze nothing happen then I tried letter box mode BAM!! it works! I'm a happy camper now! some you said I need a new LCD TV right now I can't afford! I try to find full time job, But I got part time job, When I get full time then I get 22 in LCD TV! Once again thanks for your help!

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