Originally Posted by SpHeRe31459
Here's something I didn't know about:http://connectedhome2go.com/2008/04/...d-news-at-nab/
So here's a random question for Bob, et. al. is this being implimented? It sounds like a really nice extra so that legacy users with convertor boxes in 2009 don't get lot of postage stamp sized SD shows inside a 1080i 16:9 feed, etc.
I just got my coupon for a digital to analog convert box last Friday. I have an analog TV that's not tied into my Dish Network system, so I got it for that. On Saturday I went to Best Buy and got the Insignia box. I connected my CM 4228 antenna to it and I was amazed by picture quality, tuner sensitivity, and the ability to change picture size.
First, the picture on the analog TV has never looked so good. Second, on the initial scan it got 44 digital channels (they count all sub-channels as separate channels) and I have since added five more manually. Third, which is relevant to this tread, you can set the output for either a 4x3 or 16x9 screen, and there is a "Zoom" button on the remote that lets the box adjust the picture size according to "station program format", or you can set it to "letter box" or "full screen". If it's set to the automatic "station program format", HD channels are letter boxed, SD channels are full screen. If an HD channel is showing a 4x3 picture you need to go to full screen mode, otherwise you have black bars on all four sides of a tiny picture.
As for the tuner sensitivity, it beats the OTA tuner in my Dish ViP622 DVR and my new Sony XBR4 TV. I can get three Sacramento channels with it here in San Francisco, not just one. Besides KMAX, which I can get on the other two receivers, the new converter box also picks up a solid signal from KVIE and KTXL. I also get signs of signals on 35 and 46, but they're not strong enough to produce a picture.