Originally Posted by mx6bfast
I have my HDTivo set to full. When I change it to panel it adds the grey bars on the side coming from the HDTivo, not the station. I checked all the other locals and changed those from full to panel and didn't see a change. I've always had my HDTivo set to full and the black bars from the station always show up on the sides. All of the other locals have the black side bars.
I also tested this on the E86 in the living room, attached to the same tv, and also in the game room. Both 30-1 channels were stretched to fit the entire screen. When I changed the channel from 30 to 30-1, there was no change at all. Not even a PQ difference, and no black bars. But all of the other locals had black bars on the sides.
OK I FINALLY see what you're saying.
I just did a test between Panel and Full too. When mine is on Panel I see black bars on each side because I have that option set in the Tivo setting to be black and not gray.
So when mine is on panel on 30-1's stretched picture it shows up 4x3 with the bars on each side. However when I put on Full it stretches the way they are sending it, like you said.
Just as a comparison, I put it on Deal or No Deal, which is being sent as a 4x3 picture on 5-1. REGARDLESS of whether I had it on Full or Panel I saw the black bars on each side. So, this show was being sent non-stretched.
Wow, sorry it took me so long to see what you were saying (seeing). Anyway, if you want a workaround for 30-1, just set the options to show black bars on each side instead of gray bars then choose panel setting.