Originally Posted by NewYorkGirl
Anybody? Here is my question...I don't have an antenna yet for OTA signals. When I tape the SD from my cable box it looks very good. However, when I put an HD channel on through the cable box, I can not get the image to fill the screen. I have played with the different settings in the screen menu and tried 16:9 480i, 16:9 480p, both with letterbox and pan & scan modes and the best I can get is a great picture with grey bars on the top and bottom. Any help on figuring out how to see and tape to disc the entire HD picture, using the cable box connected by a svideo cable, would be greatly appreciated.
I know it's now 5 months since this question was asked, but i just bought an EZ27K and came across this old post while reading all the various Panasonic EZ17/27/47K threads. I have my new EZ27K connected to a spare 8300HD cable DVR via S-Video and i found i have the same problem that NewYorkGirl had with the gray bars top and bottom when watching 16:9 HD programming on my 1080p Panasonic plasma. My SA8300HD is connected to the EZ27K with S-Video, then HDMI from the EZ27K to the Plasma. I am not using the internal tuner in the EZ27K, i bought it primarily to archive content from my Tivo Series 3 and my two SA8300HDs. I have the EZ27K set up for a widescreen TV and set the HDMI output to 1080p (and sometimes 1080i).
Like NewYorkGirl, i just could not get rid of gray top and bottom bars when watching an HD program through cable box via S-Video in and HDMI out. Using the TV's ZOOM and FULL and JUST modes still left the gray bars top and bottom. But then i found that by going to Setup > TV Screen > Functions of HDMI > and changing the HDMI Output Display from Full to NORMAL
did the trick. This way i can now use the ZOOM aspect setting of my TV to completely fill the screen and get rid of the gray bars while maintaining the correct 16:9 aspect ratio of the HD program.
I don't know how this setting would affect programming through the internal tuner since mine's not connected to my antenna, but maybe this will help others that have this particular problem, or new owners that discover theirs does the same thing when run through an HD STB.