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With my new TV I have what appears as a slight horizontal 'stretch' and (lesser) vertical compression to my HD images. Varied slightly between stations and at times questionable if it was even there.

I received back replies from both my Shaw Direct and TV manufacturer (Panasonic; 58VT25). Suprisingly, both agreed that the issue was the not the feed/settings/scaling from either the HD PVR box or the TV, but the signal from the provider. They both indicated that the slight eccentricity of the visible signal is due to the processing through the provider. They indicated that some folks notice it, others don't, and many that do dismiss it.

As this is my first wide screen (and HDTV! . . .out from the stoneage . . . ), this came as a bit of a surprise; I had the idea that the image would be 'perfect'. That's not to say the other parameters of the image quality aren't good, in fact, the TV produces an incredible image after break-in and initial settings (D-Nice THX). It shocked me just how incredible the view was.

Is this something that others have noted but simply dismissed from Shaw Direct? I don't see much mention of it in the forum.

thanks for any/all comments on this
 

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If by provider you mean the broadcaster, then yes, sometimes they manipulate signals. They may stretch 4:3 to fill a 16:9 HD channel. They may crop 4:3 programming to fit 16:9 (and perhaps do some stretching), etc.

Most channels do not, however. See the following FAQs on Black Bars, Stretching & HD:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=76074 Stretching

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=76089 Black Bars

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=76068 True HD

And the following post, useful for those new to HDTV - FAQs, Search Tips, Optimization, etc:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741
 
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