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Will Watching 4:3 on 16:9 LCD Cause Burn-In?

by whataboutbob / April 15, 2012 5:13 AM PDT

Just purchased my first HDTV (Samsung UN46D6500) - a LCD/LED display. At the moment I do not subscribe to any HD content so all my cable channels are SD or 4:3 format. I really hated the stretched out look and changed the display from 16:9 to 4:3 so at least the picture looked somewhat normal. However, upon reading the user's guide - it states "not to set your TV to 4:3 for a long time." It goes on to say the borders surrounding the video may cause image retention (screen burn). Has anyone had problems in this regard? Am I stuck watching the stretched picture in 16:9? Any thoughts or opinions?

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I see this at many forums.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 15, 2012 5:25 AM PDT
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Will Watching 4:3 on 16:9 LCD Cause Burn-In? -
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / April 15, 2012 4:22 PM PDT

whataboutbob -

It's pretty difficult to burn in an LCD/LED, although it certainly is possible. Most people who are aware of it take precautions not to watch in 4:3 more than 5% of the viewing time per week, or per the instructions listed in the owner's manual.

Try to couple some viewing, such as widescreen movies, DVDs or Blu-Rays that might fill out the screen. 100% viewing in 4:3 - while difficult to do - is definitely one of those situations where it is very possible that you will get Burn-in at some point, and with LCDs, once it's there, it will likely not go away.

Burn-in is not covered under the warranty, so try to follow the recommendations in the manual.

--HDTech

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