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Join Date: Jan 2004
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No. That is not not right.
I have backup'd, at least, 10 WIDESCREEN DVD movies, and NONE of them show the black bars on the top and bottom as GREY. They are BLACK. And this is on a 27" Zenith C27V36 HDTV, a 32" Toshiba analog, and a 27" Panasonic analog tv.
No such thing has shown up with my backup's of WIDESCREEN material(DVD or VHS). Whether it is a movie, or a TV show.
I am a little stumped as too why you are seeing grey bars. The unit may be defective. No doubt.
Have you ever calibrated your tv to make sure your tv is showing correct black levels? What type of DVD recorder are we talking about? I thought I read somewhere once that one type of DVD recorders/players(not sure of brand) SHOW GREY BARS/Record in GREY BARS(or you can switch from black to grey in the menu somewhere) instead of black. Not sure about that though.