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Old 07-16-2011, 08:50 AM   #1
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I have a question about picture stretching on non-HD channels with uverse. I have 3 panasonic TV's and the reason is I love the "just" picture setting for non HD viewing. For a non-HD signal it stretches just the corners in order to fill the whole screen. My question is will this setting still work with U-Verse I have read that you can only set the box to either 720p or 1080i. I have charter now and when watching non-HD the box puts out 480i the TV recognizes it and then goes into "just" mode so the whole screen is filled. When I switch to HD the box puts out 1080i the TV recognizes it and goes into "Full" mode so that the picture is not stretched or distorted in anyway and since its HD obviuosly the whole screen is filled. Will this work the same way with U-Verse? I can't stand the thought of having to watch the lower non-HD channels with black bars or having to manually switch the TV between "just" and "full" depending on what station I'm watching.

I realize that if I am on a HD channel and its broadcasting old non HD content its going to have black bars. But if I switch to lower channel the TV goes back to "just" and the screen fills.

In short will the U-Verse box send both a 480i and 1080i signal depending on what channel your are on and will my TV recognize the difference?

UPDATE: After doing some research I found that the uverse box only puts out one signal but that you can adjust the stretch mode. My question is does the box automatically switch between stretch and normal depending on the whether or not you are watching an HD channel or do you have manually adjust each time you switch?

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UPDATE: After doing some research I found that the uverse box only puts out one signal but that you can adjust the stretch mode. My question is does the box automatically switch between stretch and normal depending on the whether or not you are watching an HD channel or do you have manually adjust each time you switch?
Yes in the stretch mode the U-verse boxes will stretch the picture horizontally to fill the screen when on a SD channel and fill the screen normally when on a HD channel. Additionally, if you were to watch a SD channel that is letterboxed (some are going to a 16:9 frame in the 4:3 output) you can use Zoom 3 mode to fill the screen without black bars, but that is not automatic.
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Does the uverse box do a decent job with the stretch? Does the picture look distorted? That's what I like about the tv stretch as it only moves the edges.
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Does the uverse box do a decent job with the stretch? Does the picture look distorted? That's what I like about the tv stretch as it only moves the edges.
I suppose that is a bit up to the individual. For me any stretch looks terrible. Best to avoid 3:4 if possible. On U-verse most of the channels have the HD version. Which channels are you worried about?
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Does the STB remember the setting when switching between SD and HD or does it just stay in stretch on HD as well and cut off part of the picture?


There isn't once channel in particular that I'm worried about. But I know there are few of my local news channels that don't broadcast HD so I generally watch on the SD channel. Since panasonic does such a good job with the stretch mode the the SD channels(which is what cable mostly has are completley watchable). However, I have seen some stretch modes which do look terrible and almost unwatchable. I'm just wondering if U-verse will be this way. I can't stand black bars, my TV's are 42 and 32 so they are not that big and with black bars you lose 40% of the screen.

What did you have before switching to U-verse and how did it compare?

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