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Originally Posted by DocuMaker /forum/post/19554877
Exclusively? The key is to mix up your content. If all you do is watch nothing but content with black bars, and little to no full-screen content, you will get uneven phosphor aging. Most people watch enough full screen content to go along with their letter and pillar bars that it is not a serious concern. Also, most plasmas these days give you the option of light or dark gray bars when watching 4:3 content. Some will not even allow you to have black bars on 480i 4:3 content. If you cannot stand to watch gray bars with 4:3 content, you can upscale the 480i content to 1080i or 1080p from your cable box or your AVR (if it has digital HDMI to HDMI upscaling) to force black bars.
One other innovative thing you could try would be to shift the 2.35:1 film content up or down on the screen.
For example, I have media players that can play back 1080p Blu ray content, off a hard drive. The media player allows me to shift the picture up and down the screen with my remote, so I can actually move the film content in the center of the black bars to the top for example. This way there is no black bar above the film, but there is a double-wide one at the bottom.
Half way through the film, you could shift the picture all the way to the bottom of the screen, and then you would have no black bar at the bottom, but a double wide one at the top. This way you would be exercising the phosphors more evenly, but still would not be zooming or cropping the film--you would still see it in its original aspect ratio--just not evenly centered.
Just an idea I thought I would throw out there.
Originally Posted by WaterAndSky /forum/post/19555040
Thanks. So, would watching a 3 hour movie in 4:3 be a problem?
Originally Posted by thebigtea /forum/post/19557825
My Samsung PN50A550 has the ammo counter from Bad Company 2 burned into the lower corner. I really can't be mad at the set because my roomate played 400 HOURS on it. When he didn't have a job he would routinely play 8-10 hours a day and not do anything about the retention.
Also I did not realize that in just scan mode the tv's pixel rotation does not work...I think if I had it in 16:9 mode things would be better. You live and you learn I guess.
Originally Posted by Goatse /forum/post/19557974
pixel orbiter does nothing but spread the IR. I tried both on and off, doesn't matter. I don't even use it anymore.
Originally Posted by gatt767 /forum/post/19558264
i know of some pubs using plasma tv mostly switched on 18 hours a day, usually on the same channel. The set are LG and Panasonics, none of them have any logos stuck to the screen. I do not know but to me burnin and retention are 2 different things.
Originally Posted by ellover009 /forum/post/19558892
I just noticed too many channels have their logos displaying majority of the time. I am considering getting a plasma but the idea of my aunt using the tv when I am not here and the logo burning in. On the plus side commercials do interfere with that every so often. I also game often enough, dunno if the hud would burn in. Trying to decide between lcd, led, and plasma.