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how much 4:3 viewing can be done on a 16:9 set?  

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I am hoping someone will take the time to clarify some issues for me.

I have read that viewing normal 4:3 format on a 16:9 set can have adverse circumstances. Can someone explain this?

I hope to upgrade both TV (TW40X81) and DSS (Dish Network - I currently have just an antenna) at the same time for HDTV programming, but will still be viewing plenty of "legacy" TV & videos, in addition to DVD. Are there STB's that can be purchased to reformat these into 16:9/anamorphic format and eliminate problems and enhance the picture?

I have also read that on these sets with satellite reception sports are often plagued by artifacts. Again, is there a separate device that will eliminate this effect (hopefully the same one as above!!)?

Thanks much.

Nethawk
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Thanks, but I was hoping for a little more input!

:-)

Nethawk
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I watch quite a bit of 4:3 NTSC on my Pioneer 510HD and I use the whole screen via Natural Wide mode. That's what I recommend.
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Some sets use a combination of stretch and cropping. For example, a 14:9 "zoom" mode which stretches horizontally, but also vertically a tiny bit for about 5% overscan.

The 14:9 aspect ratio has only half the distortion of 4:3 zoomed to 16:9. You do not lose much image! Just an amount of image similiar to overscan, at the top and bottom edges of the screen.

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Nethawk: I have the big brother (TW65X81) of the set you are considering. I watch all 4:3 material using Toshiba's TheaterWide 1 mode. This mode fills the screen by stretching the outer edge slightly more than the center which drastically reduces distortion.
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