Originally Posted by jef152psu
Ok, I've now have my tv from the powerbuy and HD from adelphia. Thanks to everyone's suggestion before about either staying with DirecTV or going to Adelphia. Quick question:
Is there any way to adjust what resolution or format is coming out of the cable box? Or is it always just set to 16:9 with something like 1080i or 720p? The reason I ask is, on HD channels (HDNet, HBOHD, etc), everything is in widescreen with the black bars top and bottom, but with my tv set to 16:9, everything looks a slightly squished.
I can't find anything in the setup options in the menus...
FYI, tv I am using is a Samsung HL-S5087. Right now I am using the component out (awaiting a dvi->hdmi cable from BlueJeans).
You can get into the Motorola DCT6412 settings by doing the following:
Keep your TV ON and set to the input you have your Motorola DVR connected to, so you can use the onscreen display menu instead of the DVR front panel display.
Turn off the power (using the remote or button on front of unit) to the DVR so it goes into Standby mode
Immediately push the Menu button on your remote or the front of the unit
A white page should appear with black writing. That is the User Settings menu. You can change the settings using the directional keys on your remote or the front panel of the DVR
I think by default the settings are 16:9 and 1080i. You can also change how the DVR handles SD content. I left the 4:3 override set to 480i, because I think my TV handles it best that way. If you set it to "Stretched", the DVR will upconvert SD to 1080i or whatever you have your component out set to. However, my picture with SD content looked bad with the stretched picture.
With the TV you are using, you should not be seeing bars on the stations like INHD and HDnet. Most of the programs on those stations are formatted to fill the screen of a 16:9 ratio TV. However, many of the movies on stations like HDnet Movies and HBOHD may be shown in their original aspect ratio (OAR), which is greater than 16:9, so they may have the black bars.
It sounds like some of the settings in your TV may be incorrect for handling your HD content. If you can elaborate on the settings you have chosen for your Samsung we can probably help get those worked out.