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Need some help

03-23-2008, 06:13 AM
i have a direct tc hd dvr hooked up to my olevia 247 1080p lcd, the image format on the tv when watching hd channels seems a bit off . i have the direct tv formated to letterbox, but the picture seems off like its not really supposed to be widescreen, so when i switch to original format on an hd channel its not widescreen anymore, like when i was watching lost on abc hd i switched from letterbox to original format and the picture went from widescreen to full screen, any help would be appreciated

03-23-2008, 06:42 AM
It's possible that even though you were on an HD channel, that episode of Lost was not in HD. When you had Lost in fullscreen after changing to original, did you notice if the picture was distorted?

03-23-2008, 08:56 AM
yes, lost airs in hd on abc hd, i used to watch it all the time at old old nj home, since i moved to ga and got direct tv, it doesnt seem as though some hd channels have true widescreen,

03-23-2008, 06:52 PM
I have the same issue here, however to me it is the broadcast station that is the problem if it's not in widescreen. When your local station is broadcasting the HD programming in a 4to3 format then that is what you are going to see. If you want full screen resolution then try strech-o-vision. I would much rather see the 4to3 screen in HD than streching out the picture to fill the screen. Just my 2 cents worth!

03-23-2008, 09:28 PM
when you pay good money to get an 47inch hdtv plus direct tv hd with dvr you want true hd, now i could care less about all the other 85 hd channels, i paid to get cbs, nbc, fox, abc, and the cw in hd, i know what shows air in widescreen and what shows dont, and when i did watch a show i know airs in widescreen the picture was off, noone at direct tv knew what the hell to do.

03-23-2008, 09:47 PM
That is because Directv has absolutely nothing to do with it. They broadcast exactly what is sent to them. The issue is your network, not Direct.

The next question is, does Direct carry your local station in HD? What is your zip? The fact that you are able to stretch the image tells me that you are not watching an HD channel. HD channels show exactly the aspect ratio being sent no matter how you have the format set on your receiver (IOW, you cannot stretch a 4:3 program to 16:9 on an HD channel. You can only do that on a SD channel).

03-24-2008, 05:31 AM
yes i get all the local channels in hd. never had a problem in 5 yrs with cablevision hd, the picture on the hd channels and on the shows i watched in hd always came out the right way in the right aspect ratio, here on direct tv hd watching channels and shows i know should be in hd/widescreen 16:9 dont come up as such. one easy example of this is show shows like smallville are aired in widescreen on the regular cw channel, now when i go to cw hd and expect to watch the same show in widescreen but much clearer audio and video, but that is not the case , the show came up on the hd channel in 4:3 fullscreen, using the format button i can get the picture on the hd channel to be in widescreen but the framing is a bit off, and this is the case for all the shows/channels i know should be in true hd, its like its not even hd at all, why pay all that extra money

03-24-2008, 06:50 AM
What is your zip code?

03-24-2008, 07:05 AM
my zip is 30114

03-24-2008, 07:12 AM
Thanks.... Your locals are carried in HD. No offense, but I did look it up. There are people who come on here and swear up and down that they are watching an HD channel even though they are not.

The second point is to make sure you are watching the HD channel instead of the SD channel. The HD channel usually appears before the SD channel in the guide. The fact that you are able to stretch the program tells me you are not. SD programs on HD channels usually cannot be stretched.

If you are, then it has to be the TV network, not the provider. Direct can only broadcast the programs as they are sent to them.

03-24-2008, 07:23 AM
i know the locals are carried in hd, i made a note as to which channels are hd and which arent, when i go to an hd channel or tv show i know should be aired in widescreen it is not. i have a 47 inch 16: 1080p lcd tv, on direct tv the setup is on 16:9 instead of 4:3, but on 16:9 none of the hd channels come up in widescreen, now i know not everything is aired in widescreen but there are definately shows/channels that air widescreen programs, but everything comes up full screen regardless. i can flip through the format button, but nothing changes. so i change it from 16:9 to 4:3 on the setup menu, now i can put it in letterbox, but the picture is off now. i can go to original format, but then it says screen is unaltered so if thats the case then arent i just receiving 4:3 signals not 16:9 .

03-24-2008, 07:37 AM
I see that you have Dtv set up correctly. What is your TV aspect ratio set to. On mine, in order to correctly get HD locals, I have to set it to Full (Panasonic) I don't know the setting on Olevia but your TV could be overriding the Dtv setting.

03-24-2008, 07:46 AM
it was set on 16:9 cause my tv is a 16:9 tv, but all the hd channels come in fullscreen, when i know some shows/channels come in widescreen 16:9, so in order to get widescreen i have to switch to 4:3 on the setup menu and switch to letterbox format, then its widescreen but its not right. i can see the difference. i had cablevision hd for 5 yrs and never once did i have a problem with any of the hd channels

03-24-2008, 08:04 AM
Cablevision was in a different city, correct?

03-24-2008, 08:10 AM
i had cable vision in nj, my family moved to ga, and had to get direct tv to get the yes and msg network as thats the only way to watch the yanks and rangers down here in ga

03-24-2008, 08:20 AM
Using the remote that came with the TV, what are your options for setting the aspect ratio? For example; on my Westinghouse I have the option Fill, Standard, or Overscan. Which option is your TV set to? (forget about the Directv settings for a moment)

03-24-2008, 08:59 AM
i had cable vision in nj, my family moved to ga, and had to get direct tv to get the yes and msg network as thats the only way to watch the yanks and rangers down here in ga

The issue then is probably your local ABC network, not Directv. Direct simply shows what is being broadcast. They do not mess with the aspect ratio.