Originally Posted by bootymonger
Does it remember your zoom/aspect settings for each channel, or automagically pick good settings (like zoom a 4:3 show that's broadcast with black bars on the sides and then not zoom a 16:9 HD show)?
And also do you have to aim the remote exactly at the box, or do you get a fair amount of leeway on your remote aiming?
I'm just haphazardly aiming the remote in its general direction, and it works fine.
Aspect modes are a little weird so far. I don't know what PBS is broadcasting right now on its four non-HD channels, (the HD channel is off the air till primetime), but the shows on right now are in Full mode on the Pal, and I can't change it. They look ok, not stretched or anything, so maybe the Pal is pretty smart in that regard. I looked in the menu and don't see any kind of channel aspect lock, so I don't know what's up with PBS that they are stuck in Full.
Changing the aspect on other channels works fine, but it's a universal setting. I don't see any way to lock an aspect per channel at this time. In fact, if I'm on a current PBS channel that is stuck in Full, but I press the aspect button anyway and then switch channels, the next channel will be in a different mode than it was the last time.
In one person's review, they mentioned the normal mode can get an underscan-looking line at the top edge between the picture and the black bar. I didn't notice it yesterday, but it's there right now. So far I don't know when I'd ever use normal mode. Everything looks great in zoom mode (or current PBS stuck in Full mode). My HTPC has that line sometimes too, btw, and that's on a monitor and a different TV. Maybe it's a local broadcast thing or something.
Hmm, alright, now I'm curious enough and will hook it to my 16:9 HDTV to test.