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Old 11-08-2006, 10:58 PM   #1  
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Default Comcast DVR and gray bars on 4:3

I have Dish Netowrk and am thinking of switching to Comcast DVR (Motorlor 6412 (phase 3). They tell me that they only have black bars and not gray on 4:3 content. Is this true?
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you can usually pick what color bars you want, I can with my box. I have an LCD television so I just keep it on black.

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you can usually pick what color bars you want, I can with my box. I have an LCD television so I just keep it on black.

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Do you have this exact cable box?
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a quick view of the manual, http://broadband.motorola.com/noflas...2659-001-a.pdf , doesn't show a way to change the setting. oh well
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Do you have this exact cable box?
no, i have a scientific atlanta, I was thinking maybe it was a general kind of thing but I guess it isn't
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Oops, NM.
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There are things too numerous to mention that go into the gray bars. A month ago, I was able to implement a trick with a 8300HD on both a Samsung and a Sony LCD so I got back side pillars. There was an upgrade to the 8300HDs software, I can now use that trick on the Samsung, but I can no longer use it on the Sony.

The trick was to have the cable box (8300HD) send a stretched 4:3 image to the TV. Then the TV "forced" that image into a 4:3 box. For some reason, I reset it and it works fine on the Sammie, but the STB seems to "override" the Sony trying to force it into a 4:3 box.
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The trick was to have the cable box (8300HD) send a stretched 4:3 image to the TV. Then the TV "forced" that image into a 4:3 box. For some reason, I reset it and it works fine on the Sammie, but the STB seems to "override" the Sony trying to force it into a 4:3 box.
Great idea! I also have a Samsung plasma. When you cropped it picture back to 4:3 did it retain it's proportion? Every device stretches a little differently and I want it to go back to true 4:3 with the gray bars on the side. So, when you switch from HD to SD do you still have to change the picture size manually or does it do it automatically?
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One more question: after you have set the Comcast receiver to fill the screen and then you reduce back to 4:3 are their bars on the bottom and side or just the side?
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Great idea! I also have a Samsung plasma. When you cropped it picture back to 4:3 did it retain it's proportion? Every device stretches a little differently and I want it to go back to true 4:3 with the gray bars on the side. So, when you switch from HD to SD do you still have to change the picture size manually or does it do it automatically?
Automatically. Every now and then, I'll switch to a SD channel and see the gray bars "inside" the 4:3 box the Sammie is creating... I just have to switch the cable box to stretch.

I never, ever set anything that will introduce distortion, so everything is correct in proportion (except things I can't control, like TNT (they stretch 4:3 content to fill a 16:9 display), and CBS (on their HD channel, they send a 4:3 signal with gray sidebars from the source).
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