Originally Posted by judah304
Also here is my total newbie question, I was under the impression that 16:9 hdtv feed @1080i would fill my screen. But I still have grey bars top and bottom. Is this correct or not. I just thought and unafected 1080i signal would be 16:9 and take up the whole screen.
Top/bottom bars on a 16:9 usually means a movie is being delivered in its original aspect ratio (OAR), which may be greater than 16:9, such as 2.35:1. Opinions differ, but many think it's an advantage since you'll see details at either side--lots of the images intended by the film creators--that are missing with pan-and-scan to fill even a 4:3 screen.
Zoom works fine with my TWC 8300HD, one of three modes via the remote # key. But it only works with HD component out, which I use with my CRT RPTV. An S-video output here makes use of several zooming and panoramic modes for 480i in the RPTV. An ideal Zoom application is a 4:3 movie, letterboxed so top/bottom bars, plus gray side panels, are visible; Zoom then fills the 16:9 screen nicely. -- John