then whats all the talk of everyone with 4x3 sets only seeing skinny people stretched vertically in here? And saying they have to wait for an update from dish for the 6000 reciever so the aspect ratio will show up correctly. I have a 4x3 HD set but have been waiting to buy the 6000 because of this supposed problem. Now it seems I've lost my "new customer" pricing because of this. so whats the story?
The 6000 does NOT yet have the capability to add black bars at top and bottom. Dish is currently working on a software update to correct this.
Nick, what TV exactly do you have? I also have a 4:3 HDTV (Toshiba TN61X81) and had to perform a service menu procedure to squeeze the image vertically into 16:9 proportions. This year's Toshibas have added this "squeeze" capability as a standard feature.
Well, I'm not familiar with that TV, but most HDTV's have different geometry and convergence settings for HD and NTSC. The way mine works is that (once the squeeze mod is done) when it senses an HD signal it squeezes it into 16:9, and when you switch to NTSC it switches back to 4:3 automatically.
I wonder why it is taking so long to release new versions of code for the 6000? Over two months ago, when I was complaining about lockups with the OTA module, an Echostar engineer wrote me and told me that they had identified and fixed the problem, and that the test group had the code with the change.
Well, it's over two months later; I still have the same code, and I still have lockups and reboots...
The 6000 does NOT yet have the capability to add black bars at top and bottom.
You're right, I assumed that most 4x3 screens would act like that Sony XBR400 that I have. It just displays what it gets which is 16x9. I see that in your case, where the set auto-stretches, it would *very* convenient for the 6000 to put bars at the top and bottom.
To answer the original question. HD is always 16:9 format. My DISH 6000 works great with my Mits 4:3 HDTV. I live with top and bottom bars in HD mode and with proper brightness, contrast, and sharpness settings, I have not seen any sign of burn in. Watching a lot of 4:3 material as well helps keep the CRTs healthy. I am very happy with the new software upgrade.
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