Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa (Stittsville), ON, OTA (DB4e & VHF-HI folded dipole, AP-2870 pre-amp in Attic), MythTV HTPC
4:3 DVD Stretched on 16:9 TV with Samsung Player
I recently helped my dad upgrade to an HDTV and connected up his old DVD player (Samsung DVD-V5650) to the new TV with component cables. I switched the DVD player to 16:9 and everything works great with 16:9 DVDs but 4:3 DVDs get stretched. You can use the "EZ View" button on the front panel (not available on the remote) to switch to "Vertical Fit" to get it to display properly (pillar boxed), but it always defaults back to "Normal Wide" which, according to the manual, "Displays the content of the DVD title in 16:9 aspect ratio. The picture will look horizontally stretched." This seems the wrong way to do things. With a 4:3 TV it doesn't stretch the picture to fill the screen by default.
The most annoying part of this is the DVD I was testing with would switch back to "Normal Wide" when you went back to the DVD menu.
I talked to Samsung support and they say there is no way to change the default to "Vertical Fit." They also said this is the behavior for all of their DVD players.
Has anyone found a good solution for this (right now I have him use the remote to change the TV's aspect ratio, but that requires him to know the correct aspect ratio for each DVD he watches).
We could replace his DVD player, but I don't want to do this if the new one behaves the same way.
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