Forgive me if this is the wrong place for this but since it is about a 3D tv I thought I should post it here. I just bought a new 2011 model Samsung LED LCD 40" hdtv, and the first thing I did is sit down with the manual and start reading. The entire first page is basically a warning that watching 4:3 content or other still images can and will cause burn-in. Here is the entire text from page 1:
"Widescreen format LED displays (with 16:9 aspect ratios, the ratio of the screen width-to-height) are primarily designed to view widescreen format full-motion video. The images displayed on them should primarily be in the widescreen 16:9 ratio format, or expanded to fill the screen if your model offers this feature with the images constantly in motion. Displaying stationary graphics and images on the screen, such as the dark sidebars on non-expanded standard-format television video and programming, should be limited to no more than 5% of the total television viewing per week.
Additionally, viewing other stationary images and text such as stock market crawls, video game displays, station logos, websites or computer graphics and patterns, should be limited as described above for all televisions. Displaying stationary images for more than 5% of total viewing time can cause uneven aging of your LED display and leave subtle, but permanent burn-in ghost images in the LED picture. To avoid this, vary the programming and images, and primarily display full-screen moving images, not stationary patterns or dark bars. On LED models that offer picture sizing features, use these controls to view different formats as a full-screen picture.
Be careful about the television formats you select and the length of time you view them. Uneven LED aging as a result of format selection and use, as well as burned-in images, are not covered by your Samsung limited warranty."
Are you kidding me?? So I just spent over a thousand dollars for what I thought was a great new 3D tv set and they're telling me I can't even watch old tv shows on it? There's no way I'm going to stretch the 4:3 image to fill the screen - that's ridiculous, and I want to watch my shows in the aspect ratio they were filmed in - 4:3, 16:9, whatever.
Can somebody please elaborate on how much of a problem this really is for this type of set? I have a pretty large collection of DVDs of older 4:3 tv shows, and I watch them often. I was also looking forward to connecting my pc to this set so I could stream various video formats to it, and even play some pc games as well. Now that I've read this, I'm about ready to pack it back up and return it before I even set it up and try it out.
Is this a real problem? Are they seriously telling me only 5% of my content can be 4:3? And how do I avoid channels with logos? This sounds absolutely ridiculous to me and I'm very concerned about this. I do not have the kind of money to buy another set in a year or less if this one gets burn-in, and it sounds like Samsung have washed their hands of any liability. How do they sell a tv and then tell you afterwards that you can't watch 4:3 programming on it? I didn't think burn-in was a problem with LCD sets. Is this only with LED LCD sets?
Please help me understand how much of an issue this is going to be for me, given that I watch lots of 4:3 material. It seems like a great set, but what good is it if I can't watch my shows?