Originally posted by htwaitsI can't find you "fix" comments. Could you tell me which message you are referring too. I've got to know how the story ended.
HT - here's my original post - my comments are after the *.
Bottom line is HD channels now look great! Full screen & excellent PQ - almost DVD quality. I was beginning to think that DVDs would be the only place I'd really be able to expeience a huge improvement with this set, but now that I've solved this problem, I'm extremely happy with it! Again, the fix was to set the Motorola 6200 STB to output 1080i, NOT 720p - not sure why, since 720p is the native resloution of the TV, but apparently the component inputs want to see 1080i. Maybe if/when I connect via DVI, 720p will work, but right now I'm thinking - if it ain't broke...
Anyway, thanks again for you input & for all the useful info you post here! Novices like me really appreciate your comments...
This all "sounds correct". I think you only get "Wide (PC)" and "Wide (TV)" as choices through DVI and HDMI inputs.
* This is correct - I get no "Wide (PC)" option thru component...
Why is HBO & the network feeds so different?
You shouldn't have any black bars with true HD material.
What you describe fits best with a STB that still thinks it is sending a signal to a 4x3 set instead of 16x9. I would start there. Maybe owners of the same STB can help to varify that it is set for 16x9 output.
* Actually, I figured it out - had the cable guy out & he noticed that the TV wasn't switching to Component2, which is where the STB was connected. It kept wanting to receive the signal through ANT1 instead. What fixed it was setting the Moto 6200 to 1080i output, NOT 720p as has been recommended here. Works great now - full screen on all HD channels!
I assume that you are also connecting your DVD player through component. Check a film with a 1.77:1 to 1.85:1 aspect ratio. If the DVD player is set to output to a 16x9 TV and your TV is set to "Wide" then there should be no black bars at all.
Examples would be any of the recent animated films like "Finding Nemo", "Monsters Inc", "Ice Age" or "A Bugs Life". There shouldn't be any black bars with these films or with any TV program that is being created as HD.
Even HD channels sometimes transmit SD material. If the station you are watching is converting SD for wide screen HD TV sets they will add black bars to the signal. I understand they do that with commercials a lot.