Originally posted by kai_hankinson
I helped a friend connect TWC's Pioneer HDTV STB to a 50" Panny plasma via component cables. Is there a way to let the plasma do the stretching of 4:3 content rather than the STB? Would I need to set the STB to 480i to do this? Do I then have to switch back to 720p for HD content? Will HD content look better if I set the STB to 720P or 1080i on this plasma that doesn't have 1080 resolution?
TWC claimed that they haven't installed the software that supports the DVI output on the Pioneer STB. Is this true?
Thanks for your help.
Nobody could answer your stretch-mode questions without knowing what the capabilities of your friend's HDTV are. My own HDTV (not a Panny), for example, does not allow any stretch-modes for signals received via component or DVI; it does, though, if a parallel S-Video connection is made. As a general matter, it's probably best to have the STB output a signal that matches the TV's native resolution, which, in your friend's case, appears to be 720p. You don't have to chose between 480i and 720p or 1080p -- the Pio box can be configured to output any one, two or three of those.
The answer to your DVI question depends upon where your friend lives. This is the TWC New York City thread; you appear to be from NJ. The Pio box's original DVI firmware supported some but not many DVI-equipped TVs. A firmware patch to broaden support has very recently been implemented in some TWC jurisdictions, including NYC. See this thread
and this one, too
. Very few people, though, seem to think that the Pio box delivers a better picture via DVI, compared to component. On my own set, it is vastly inferior.