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2013-06-20 10:04 AM
classicsat My recommendation, learn to surf the guide, not the actual channels.
I have been doing that for years.
2013-06-19 07:07 PM
JohnR 57.................. I am going to use your suggestion. It seems to be the best solution.
2013-06-19 10:52 AM
57 There are two separate issues here. One is the delay when switching format. This can be resolved by switching to one output format and not sending 480p/i to the TV. The other is the stretching of signals. You should be able to set your TV to stretch the SD signals and not stretch HD signals if you do send different formats. Most TVs will remember the stretch mode for these separately, however, if your TV is not receiving separate formats, there's nothing to remember, therefore SD will usually remain unstretched, or you'll lose content on your HD channels if you set the TV to stretch mode.

My recommendation: 1. Set the STB to one output format - 1080i. 2. Watch SD as 4:3 because that will give you the best picture quality and no distortion (no short fat people).
2013-06-19 02:53 AM
JohnR I cannot get it to go full screen using any combination of settings. Had no problem doing so before I updated the LNB. I could set Standard Def to full screen by selecting (480P) and Hi-Def was also OK without any further changes. I did not have to switch back between "Normal" and "Stretch or Zoom".
It seems that the 4x3 override does not function as it did before the LNB upgrade. I don't know if others used this feature which worked well but I always did and now I cannot get it to function.
2013-06-19 12:06 AM
GaryE Okay, I tried JohnR's 480p 4x3 setting and it is horrendously slow.

Use these setting John... Output Format -1080i, 4x3 Override - Off and TV Type - 16x9. If you want to watch your local news in full screen then use the Aspect button on the SD Remote to "Zoom" or "Stretch" the image and then go back to "Normal" to watch HD. If you leave it in zoom or stretch then the HD channels will be out of whack.
2013-06-18 06:52 PM
JohnR sawguyg........Does not work. See post #8 in this thread.
2013-06-18 05:44 PM
sawguyg Make a favorites list and don't put them on it,I'm sure you know if you're in sports or kids programming
2013-06-18 05:11 PM
Also using 480P in 4x3 Override
If you actually have this setting, change the 4:3 override to "off". Most TVs have an "info/display" or similar button which shows the signal that the TV is receiving. Make sure all channels are 1080i.
2013-06-18 03:06 PM
JohnR 57....... I am using 1080i.
Also using 480P in 4x3 Override which allowed me to get full screen on my local news channel. That is not happening anymore since the LNB update. The channel is now in letterbox no matter which setting I apply.
Does not matter since I now have it in Hi-def. Just wondering what changed.
d_source........ I also have a Samsung TV. Model UN46D6300. That is probably causing the delay as GaryE said he has no delay.
2013-06-18 02:57 PM
JohnR GaryE.....I tried different settings in the Output Format. Still having a 5 second delay. I once asked a CSR about the delay and she said that 5 seconds is normal.
I guess I can just hope that the situation with the Standard def channels being mixed in with the Hi-Def will be a temporary thing and Shaw Direct will eliminate them.
Why can't SD just have one "information" channel and list where each group of channels begins?
bigoranget.............. Setting a FAV list only eliminates the listing from the guide. They are still there when surfing.
d_source..... Parental Control still brings up the channel when surfing and asks for a password.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Looks like there is no workaround other than Shaw Direct eliminating them or switching them to that is going to happen. LOL
2013-06-18 02:53 PM
d_source I think he's describing the TV switching from hi def to standard def back to hi def. My Samsung TV has a similar delay when switching.
2013-06-18 02:42 PM
57 The delay is due to your TV changing formats due to the "native" or "passthrough" setting that you have in your STB. Change the output format to only 1080i and you will not encounter the delays. This is a TV issue, not directly a STB issue. Depending on the TV it can take 2-10 seconds to change formats from say 1080i to 480i.
2013-06-18 01:28 PM
GaryE I've tried "channel surfing" and I'm not experiencing the long delays you are having going in and out of the info channels. It might be a half second or so longer as it changes satellites but nothing like the 5 seconds your experiencing.

What are your video settings like on Options-4-5?
2013-06-18 01:04 PM
d_source Or see if you can block them using the parental controls? Not sure if that "skips" them when channel surfing or not.
2013-06-18 01:03 PM
d_source Yes they added the same info channels to the Advanced lineup as well. I don't channel surf so it doesn't affect me, but i can see it being really frustrating in your case.
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