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Hello,
The following has me completed baffled.

I have three different LCD HDTV's hooked up to Bll Expressvu and I get a different picture on each TV. let me explain:

TV 1 - 2010 (1080) 40" Sony Bravia, hooked up to a new HD Bell receiver routed through a new sony home theatre system using all HDMI cables. The SD channels are always 4:3 aspect ration, this will only change if I put it on wide zoom. The HD channels are permantly on wide zoom even though it indicated normal picture (the outside edges are cut off) I have played with the settings endlessly on both the received endlessly with no solution.

TV 2 - 2010 37" Panasonic Vierra (1080) hooked up directly to a new Bell HD receiver using video cables. The SD channels look fine but the HD channels are fine wide wise but there are black lines at the top and bottom. Try to resolve this with no solution. Again black lines on top and bottom dissapper on wide zoom but picture edges are cut off.

TV 3 - Older 42 Visio HDTV (720) hooked up to a new Bell HD PVR with HDMI cables. Both HD and SD pictures are perfect. HD covers the entire screen without cutting off any of it, the SD cover the whole screen.

Any idea how to get my Sony and Pansonic to work like my visio? HELP!

Rick
 

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Aspect Ratio

SD pictures will always be 4:3 aspect ratio and you have the ability to stretch it to wide
As far as the other two tvs go there are two methods of setting the aspect ratio.
I assume you are using a BEll HD receiver for each tv your message does not indicate that.


Some things to try

1.If you hit star on the bell remote that will create different aspect ratio with the picture.

2.Your television will also have built in settings for setting the wide mode, with something to the effect of.............. normal/ wide/ stretch


When a HD programming is airing in 16:9 the picture should be set to normal in the bell receiver and the individual TV.

That picture shoukd fill the screen this will vary sometimes when a movie is playing because it was shot in different aspect ratios which convert differently on the TV.

Some TV s have a select button button in the set up menu for imput, make certain that HDMI or component are selected if that is the method you are using to get the video from the receiver.

The station logo bottom right of the picture is a good method to judge the proper aspect ratio.

Once you have the aspect ratio set usually there is no reason to change it
 

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You should do some research into ASPECT RATIOS and the phrase Original Aspect Ratio ("OAR")!!

A SD picture has an OAR of 4:3 and when displayed on a 16:9 HD TV should have black bars on the sides !! If it does not, it means you are either distorting the image horizontally or you are cutting off the top and bottom of the image. Neither is an acceptable solution.

An HD image with an OAR of 16:9 displayed on a 4:3 screen should have black bars on the top and bottom. If not, the image is being distorted vertically or the sides of the image are cut off; again, neither is acceptable.

For all the myriad of similar issues, see the link I provided above.
 

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Thanks everyone. I will try some of your sugestions. My HD Bell Receivers are on all TV's and set to 16:9. All my TV's are 16:9 HDTV's.

I am aware of aspect ratio's and the differences but I will check out the web site. I don't mind my SD 4:3 channels being distorted on the 16:9 screen. I just don't know why my vizio automatically makes the SD 4:3 fit the 16:9 screen without having to do anything and the HD automatically fits the 16:9 screen prefectly (sides not cut off) without having to adjust things. I use the station logos as a judge and that is how i realized by HD channels on my Bravia are being cut off on the sides.

The HD channels on my Panasonic are being cut off on the top and bottom which I don't understand. It is a 16:9 screen and my HD channels should fit the 16:9 screen without cuttting off the top and bottom.

I may have to take a trip down to the local store and ask as well.
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I don't mind my SD 4:3 channels being distorted on the 16:9 screen.
It boggles my mind that someone would be participating in a "science" forum related to imaging, presumably be spending money time and effort to achieve the best possible picture and then say that they "don't mind my SD 4:3 channels being distorted on the 16:9 screen" like fun-house mirror. :confused::confused::confused:
 
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