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Pillarbox burn-in on an LCD TV?

post #1 of 4
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Hi All -

My parents just picked up a 42" Vizio Razor LED LCD at Costco. They have Comcast at home and in speaking with one of the Comcast technicians, he advised them to wait no longer than one month to get an HD package added to their Comcast account in order to avoid burn-in lines from watching too much 4x3 programming with pillarbox / black bars.
They will be getting HD service soon, but are worried about burn-in.
Is this really a concern?

Thanks for the input
post #2 of 4
No don't worry about it. That seems like a good plot to get them to upgrade to HD service sooner. Even with standard 4:3 content you can set either the cable box or the TV to stretch the image to fill the screen completely but since you have a LCD/LED don't worry about it. If you had a plasma then yes, you would need to stretch standard images but by NO means MUST you have to have HD service to counter-react image retention/burn in
post #3 of 4
1. use non linear stretch or panaoramic stretch sinch that stretches the sides only and since they normally contain no meaningfull content the image does not appear distorted.
2. The cable from your cable conmpany contains both SD and HD cotntent (it is the tuners that control what you can receive)and the local HD content is not encrypted so your new TV can receive without paying for HD service with it's HD tuner. The cable conpanies don't like to tell you this and many of their reps don't even know it.
post #4 of 4
^^^Using cable direct from the wall you will get all unencrypted HD channels--on most cable systems this means local broadcast channels only.
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