This has been a nightmare. I have had the cable company out here 5 times since install over a week ago. I have a brand new 2011 55 inch Sammy LED. I love the tv. No problems with DVD's or playing MPEGs from stick mem etc. I have had some issues with netflix, but not relating to 1080p.
This is my second cable box from the cable co. I not having as many issues with this second box .. but 1080p on some broadcasts is still not giving me full screen. I get the black horizontal lines above and below ... you know ... the kind you used to get on old sets when the broadcast was in wide screen? Are these considered pillar boxes (or does pillar box nomenclature only refer to the vertical?). Anyway, I have made every adjustment available ... changed psize from 16:9 ... to "screen size" etc ... checked all of the cable boxes toggles ... even removed the "auto pillar box" option from the cable box (which did actually work on one broadcast channel HBO HD.. but will not work with for e.g. TMC HD). Some signals do give me a whole screen on 1080... but others will give me the "wide screen" black horizontal bars top and bottom and I can't figure out why. Is it the cable head end? Is it the channel broadcast of the movie? When I change channels to an 1080p .. the cable box pauses as if it is trying to find a compatible signal .. not sure if that helps.
Also, for this TV, any 720p HD broadcasts either give me pillar boxes (vertical black bars) or a stretched image. Shouldn't a 1080p tv also be able to aggregate 720p signals? I mean, I could have bought a 720 tv for much cheaper .. .but I thought that buying a 1080p would allow me to watch both ... without sacrificing screen size .. or having to watch stretched images ... AND having to worry about the burn in issues that Samsung warns will occur if you watch pillar box on your screen.
I know this is a lot .. but I'm hoping someone can help cuz this is making me nutty. I'm exchanging the 55 6000 LED for another tomorrow ... but am willing to upgrade to a 6300 .. or 7000 ... or whatever ... if it will help.
BTW: Would this issue go away if I switched to satellight?