Hi guys, just found this thread and I've read through all the posts - great information here.
I just had the HDTV box installed a few days ago, connected to a relatively basic Sony 32 inch plasma set in the bedroom. The Sony I think can be called "ED" as its display is 852 x 1024. I used a DVI cable for the box, and the lone set of component inputs on the TV to connect a DVD player. Everything works and overall I am very happy with it. The only issue in my case is that the signal I think could be a bit stronger. We have a total of 5 TV's connected, plus broadband, and despite having an amplifier (or two?)the split signal may be a bit weak. I think I will have them out once again to look at the whole system, as it's been added to (jury-rigged) by many installers over the years. It certainly had the HDTV installer scratching his head.
Anyway, I have two immediate questions that maybe someone here could help me with:
1. On the three network HDTV channels, 112-114, most programs that are not originally broadcast in HDTV have black bars on the sides. The installer said that this is due to the local stations upconverting the signal, and when this is the case there is no way to eliminate the black bars. Does everyone else here experience this? Ideally I would like to be able to stretch the picture to fill the 16 x 9 screen, as I am concerned about burn-in of the plasma screen. On regular SD channels the Sony gives you several options for filling the screen, but apparently (?) this cannot be done with the upconverted HD signal.
2. On my Sony universal remote there is no Motorola cable box number code, and I am wondering if anyone else here who owns a Sony might know what number might work with the 5100 box. I tried a few other numbers listed for other cable box manufacturers and one of them gave me limited compatibility, but most functions still don't work. The Motorola remote seems OK too, but I had gotten used to the Sony remote, which also controls the DVD player.
3. Does anyone know if there is a 5100 owners manual available for downloading from anywhere on the web? What the installer leaves you with isn't of much value, and I'd like to see the actual manual if it's available.
Thanks - Joel.