I set up my Mags downstream form my cable box (time warner) in order to record HD premium channels (sports package).
I set the mags to widescreen aspect but although a HD channel (eg NFL Red Zone) shows full wide screen thru my cable box - when I record it / view it thru my mags I'm getting "shrunken" wide screen - full width but black bars top & bottom. Seems to be proportionally correct but smaller (not full scree)
My cable box doesnt have s-video out - I'm connecting bax to mags w/ coax only
what to do? fixable?
Not fixable the way it should be. Current TW boxes have no option to sent anamorphic out, the correct solution, so you're stuck with the boxing as long as you're stuck with TW - unless you insert a HDMI to composite converter in between the TW box and the Mag's composite inputs. Those I've tried are marginal performers quality-wise, but do enable preserving the aspect ratio without boxing.
Pace TW boxes had an anamorphic out option, but I suspect you might not be able to get one, or want one due to their generally lousy performance/feature set.