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Hi - I have an odd situation and I'd like to hear some opinions. I'm not terribly tech-savvy in regards to TVs, so bear with me as I try to explain my situation:
I subscribe to Comcast in the Pittsburgh, PA area (Ross Twp.). Right now I only receive four HD channels, ESPN HD, PBS HD, and two local channels have HD feeds. PBS shows HD content 24/7, and that picture is always in 16:9 and HD. The two local channels usually only show a couple hours per night in HD, usually prime time stuff. When they're showing HD content, the picture of course is 16:9. When they're just showing regular digital content, the picture goes back to 4:3.
My problem is with the ESPN HD channel (773). Whether they are showing HD or regular digital content, the picture is always in 16:9. When the show is HD, of course, this is perfect. But when it's the regular digital shows, it looks like crap, artificially stretched. Does anyone else notice this?
I called Comcast to ask about this. I explained my issue with the ESPN HD channel, and the tech put me on hold. He came back and told me that he'd checked their feeds and it's displayed the same way there. He didn't know why either. Now why in the world would this be happening, and since it's happening on their end, is there nothing I can adjust on my end to change it????
When I first had Comcast setup my HD box, the installer tried to fix this issue. He accessed some menu through the controller (which he said they usually don't tell customers about), and changed the setting to 4:3. This fixed the ESPN HD channel, but messed up all of the other channels. So I told him to set it back to the default. Any ideas on what's going on with this one channel?
Thanks a lot!