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Tv picture setting

by The-spa / February 16, 2013 11:34 PM PST

What is the best setting for a widescreen hd tv connected to Cox cable? At 16x9 The Weather Channel, for example, displays with black bars on the side. I can get rid of them by setting the tv to 4:3, wide mode, but I am still getting the best signal?

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Keep in mind that all content isn't in HD
by Pepe7 / February 17, 2013 12:41 AM PST
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That said, you need to experiment and determine which of the content supplied by your cable provider is in high definition, e.g. fits your HDTV screen properly, and what is not (and needs to be 'stretched' to a near fit).

It's not a question of 'best signal', but knowing which signal you are receiving and proper manipulation.

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Program guide
by mjd420nova / February 19, 2013 12:09 AM PST
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Your on-screen program guide should identify the HD channels you're getting. The black bars are normal for an HDTV displaying a standard (SD) video content. Stretching and zooming just distorts the content. The black bars facilitate the proper viewing of non HD content. If the bars are distracting, an adjustment of the brightness and contrast would deepen the black and lessen the effect.

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