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Question About HD for a Newbie

by podoshj / January 1, 2007 10:16 AM PST


I just got a new Samsung LN-S2341W HD LCD Widescreen TV. It has a 16:9 as aspect ratio. I have Comcast Digital Cable HD. Here's my question: I noticed that on certain HD channels, the picture still looks letterboxed. Is this normal? I thought that all HD channels were not supposed to be letterboxed?


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by HTHMAN / January 1, 2007 11:55 AM PST

Some movies are letterboxed.

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by podoshj / January 1, 2007 12:02 PM PST
In reply to: Movies??

Thanks for the reply - but it wasnt with movies - it was with the Fiesta Bowl on tonight.

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(NT) It all depends on the source.
by Coryphaeus / January 1, 2007 8:54 PM PST
In reply to: Sports
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by podoshj / January 2, 2007 12:17 AM PST

Here's a really dumb question - could it be because I don't have an HDMI cable hooked up to the cable box?

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by HTHMAN / January 2, 2007 2:10 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

You will need to use either Component video cables or HDMI to get an HD picture.

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by podoshj / January 2, 2007 2:42 AM PST
In reply to: HD


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As a recap, having recently hooked up two HD TVs to cable
by toddtee / January 6, 2007 7:05 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks!

To display HD pictures on an HD-TV you need:
- HD service from your provider
- an HD receiver from same
- hook-up via component cables or an HDMI cable
- the cable box needs to be set up to display the various HD options, but almost surely the service tech took care of that.

Other factors:
- some cable boxes don't have an HDMI port
- Some HD programs are broadcast in HD, but in 4:3 aspect not 16:9

All that being said, I have my two HD-TVs nooked up via component cables and get a fantastic picture. You can buy excellent component and HDMI cables from at 1/4 or less than you'd pay anywhere else I've found.

Good luck!!

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by stewart norrie / January 2, 2007 4:10 AM PST

Try both componit and h.d.m.i. cables on your set up. Sometimes one type of cable will give you a better picture stewee

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cable box setup
by tybud8 / January 2, 2007 4:21 AM PST

You might need to go into the cable box setup menu and select 16:9 if you haven't already.

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by podoshj / January 2, 2007 5:56 AM PST
In reply to: cable box setup

Thanks Stewee and Ty. I'll try that. Now I just have to find out how to operate the Motorola 3421!

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by stewart norrie / January 3, 2007 3:59 AM PST

Dish network gives you the hi-def package and VOOM for only $15.00 extra per month Also you have the option to pay an extra $5.00 more for your network station in hi-def or do what I did throw up an outside antenna for your local hi-def channels I receive 18 local digital channels 9 are in hi-def and 5.1 sound Just do a digital scan and all the locals will go into the dish main menue. Comcast just wired up our block and were nice enough to let me try there hi-def system for 3 days . The dish network put out a much better picture stunning quality good luck steweeee

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16X9 is a compromise
by tomrobin / January 6, 2007 1:50 AM PST

The 16/9 (1.778:1) aspect of a HD screen was created as an "equal compromise" to all previous proportions. IT DID NOT MATCH ANYTHING.
16/9 screens will have "bars" on the sides or top/bottom when showing any other format.
Now some Hi Def original material is 16/9 notably Pixar movies and many TV Series.
I early Hi Def development manufactures still thinking CRT could not reasonably make 2.35:1 tubes to match wide screen film.
16/9 Aspect is not a Hi Def requirement. Many Hi Def cameras do not have 1.778:1 native to allow for post framing adjustment.

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