Originally Posted by Wendek
in some cases yes, but for OTA, example, you get what you get, and some stations are not filling the screen. Perhaps with a Set Top Box from cable/dish that is adjustable?
I have the Scientific Atlanta 8300 HD-DVR and yes, some programs still do not fill the screen. However, the box allows me to switch from a zoom, stretch and normal modes to achieve the look I want.
On SD material, I use the fill mode in the tv menu. I then set my box to Widescreen, stretch mode and the picture takes up the whole screen. Granted, picture quality suffers, but I can deal with that in order to enjoy a full screen image.
On HD material, I set the tv either to standard or fill. Some programs on some stations exhibit garbled junk at the top of the screen. My box is set to Widescreen, normal mode.
I know that some of the issues you guys are going through may seem upsetting, but, you have to consider the value of what you're paying for this tv and what you get. Trust me when I say that the DiscoveryHD channel looks just as good, if not better, than the more name brand lcd tv's. I was first annoyed with stretching the image and how programs sometimes did not fill the screen, but, after watching HD material and gaming with my XBOX 360 on this set, I will enjoy it until either this tv dies, or I die.