I have a Pioneer PDP 5070 HD Plasma and a Sony DVP-NC85H progressive DVD player.
Plasma is set to auto detect pic size even though I can still do it manualy and the DVD player is set for a 16:9 TV.
I have noticed when watching a few new DVD's that they never fill the screen unless I set the Plasma to zoom. Even on full there are still bars on the top and bottom. Pirates of the Carribean II in particular. Why is this? I thought the whole point of getting a 16:9 TV was to get rid of the top and bottom bars since the image is supposed to be the same size as the TV?
16:9 is an aspect ratio of 1.78:1...pirates is most likely 2.35:1, therefore you will have bars if you watch it at the normal aspect ratio. This is very common for many movies, as they are not required to film at 16:9....there are multiple threads on this, but they may be in the general flat panel forums now....Dustin
Thanks for the quick reply. Yes you are correct, Pirates is 2:35:1. So my only option is zoom then? Is there a way to fill the screen without zoom as zoom cuts
off the sides I have noticed. It also says that it is enhanced for 16:9 tv's? What exactly does this mean enhanced??
OMG...look dude, just watch it with the black bars. its the way its supposed to be, live with it. i have watched 2.35:1 movies on my 5070 for 6 months and have no burn-in. just make sure you watch other programming that is full screen and youll be fine.
enhanced means that on 16:9 tv's the dvd is encoded so that a normal picture will be shown that will go edge to edge on the screen. if it wasnt enhanced, there would be black bars on the sides as well as on the top and bottom for a 2.35:1 movie.
can we please end this thread now. i hope your question is answered here and for the post you made in the 5070 thread.